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Match preview: Owls v Watford

18 September 2020

Sheffield Wednesday are set to play their maiden home game of the 2020/21 campaign this weekend.

Watford are the visitors, who head to Hillsborough as one of the strong favourites for promotion back to the Premier League.

The Hornets made a good start to life back in the Championship with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on home soil, and also advanced in the Carabao Cup after a penalty shootout victory over Oxford.

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Wednesday have triumphed in their three away fixtures to begin the season in good style.

EFL Cup wins over Walsall and Rochdale with a 2-0 league victory over Cardiff in between have Garry Monk’s in high spirits at the start of the new season.

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Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game;

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Saturday 19 September
- Kick-off, 3.00pm
- Championship
- Hillsborough

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2020/21 Season Ticket holders are reminded to book your iFollow pass for Saturday’s home fixture against Watford.

Current Season Ticket holders over 18 can apply for codes on a home match by match basis and have the £10 value deducted from any Season Ticket credit owed at the end of the season.

Season Ticket holders should apply for codes before 4.00pm this Friday, 18 September to guarantee access for this weekend.

Match passes are available priced at £10 HERE.

TEAM NEWS

SWFC: The Owls manager has reported a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s S6 clash.

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Wednesday made 11 changes for the cup win over Rochdale in midweek and with focus back to the league and games coming thick and fast over the coming weeks, the Owls are set to make more changes on Saturday.

Monk said: “We have a clean bill of health, which is good. Osaze (Urhoghide) and Chey (Dunkley) are progressing. Chey is working really hard. It is just a process of building him up.

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“I have said to the players it’s competition all the time. Every day.

“We have shortened the squad and done what we have done for a reason but they are all going to be needed. Everyone has to be ready.”

Watford: Manchester United youngster James Garner has signed for the Hornets on a season-long loan deal and is eligible to make his debut against the Owls.

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Elsewhere, Watford could be without a number of players due to injury concerns and transfer speculation.

Will Hughes and Andre Gray are on the comeback trail from injury.

Meanwhile, captain Troy Deeney, Roberto Pereyra, Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu are unlikely to be involved.

Daryl Janmaat (knee) and Isaac Success (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Owls boss on Watford: “Having watched them throughout pre-season, there is always a lot of talk about relegated teams and confidence, but they look a very confident team. They are going to be one of the strong contenders this year..”

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Watford manager Vladimir Ivic said: "I watched them in the first game, they played very good football, very organised football and it will be very difficult and tough game. Normally, we need to be focused on our game, to improve some things from the first game and to fight for three points.."

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 0-0 Watford

19 September 2020

The Owls posted another valuable Championship point, playing out a goalless draw with Watford at Hillsborough.

Sustained first half dominance might have spawned all three on another day but a convincing all-round display supplemented by a fourth successive clean sheet led the positives.

Only a goal was missing from the opening 45 and although the Hornets gave a better account of themselves after the break, few would deny that Wednesday deserved the win.

It was all the hosts from the off as Watford were pinned in their own half and under increasing pressure.

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Izzy Brown pulled the strings with Barry Bannan in the engine room, while Josh Windass sent a couple of sighters the way of Ben Foster between the sticks.

The visitors, though, were dangerous given their Premier League credentials of last season, as was evidenced when Glenn Murray stung the hands of Cameron Dawson from range.

The ball was promptly back at the other end, where Brown picked out Dominic Iorfa with an accurate set piece but the defender’s header was wayward.

Watford then survived a penalty appeal after Windass tangled with Christian Kabasele with half time approaching before Tom Lees glanced another Brown free kick wide almost on the whistle.

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The second half was a scrappier affair as neither side could truly take a grip. But it was Watford that threatened the breakthrough first when substitute Stipe Perica forced a fine Dawson save from his first involvement.

The Hornets had the upper hand as the contest unfolded and Dawson again came to the rescue.

Tom Cleverley advanced into the penalty area on the angle and his show was hard and low but Dawson sprung athletically to palm clear.

A concession would have been hard on the hosts, though, and indeed they hit back to have the final word as Brown glanced a Liam Palmer cross wide.

Wednesday: Dawson, Harris, Iorfa, Lees, van Aken, Penney (Palmer 55), Bannan, Brown, Luongo, Rhodes (Kachunga 69), Windass (Reach 86)

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