Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Saturday 26 February
Sky Bet League One
The big word surrounding all the pre-match talk at Middlewood Road on Friday afternoon ahead of the clash with Charlton was ‘consistency.’
Both manager Darren Moore and midfielder George Byers stressed the importance of consistency and keeping up the momentum.
Wednesday have been on an excellent run in League One, with six wins from the last eight outings.
Despite injury setbacks, postponements and other hurdles along the way, the Owls have found their consistency at a key time in the campaign. A dominant 3-1 win away at Doncaster last weekend saw Moore’s side keep pace with the play-off pack.
As we head into the clash with the Addicks, we are one point shy of the top six but with two games in hand over sixth-placed Sunderland.
Charlton are in need of a boost this weekend after suffering four defeats on the bounce prior to their trip to Hillsborough.
The Addicks are sat in 16th spot and 16 points behind Wednesday. The two sides met on the opening day of the campaign in a goalless draw at The Valley.
Wednesday: There are no fresh injury concerns from the victory over Doncaster last week.
Sam Hutchinson has returned to training after missing the Rovers clash through injury.
Defender Lewis Gibson made his comeback against Rovers from the bench, has trained all week and is also in contention.
Chey Dunkley is back training with the squad, while Dominic Iorfa came through 60 minutes for the Under-23s earlier in the week. Both players are edging closer to a return.
Lee Gregory is not available for selection as the striker continues to nurse a foot injury.
Charlton: The Addicks have suffered with injury problems of late and were without eight first team players in their midweek 2-0 home defeat to MK Dons.
Strikers Jayden Stockley, Chuks Aneke and Conor Washington have all been sidelined, while young forward Mason Burstow, on loan from Chelsea, picked up a hamstring injury on Tuesday.
Stockley could play a part this weekend at Hillsborough having shrugged off his injury while midfielder Scott Fraser could also be included in the squad after recovering from COVID-19.
Referee – Oliver Langford
Assistant referee – Matthew Jones
Assistant referee – Bhupinder Gill
Fourth official – Marc Edwards
Live match commentary will be provided by iFollow, while the game will be streamed live overseas.
Audio match passes in the UK are available HERE.
The hashtag for our content relative to Saturday’s game is #SHWCHA
Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update of the game as well as all key match information, including team news at 2.00pm.
Our official Instagram @swfcofficial will also keep you up to date on the latest events, with content uploaded to the story throughout the matchday.
The key news will also be uploaded to our Facebook page HERE.
PRE-MATCH: GEORGE BYERS
Pick up a copy of ‘Wednesday’ this weekend, priced £3 and available in and around the ground.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
7 Aug 2021 | Charlton 0-0 Owls | League One
26 Feb 2020 | Owls 1-0 Charlton | Championship
30 Nov 2019 | Charlton 1-3 Owls | Championship
19 Mar 2016 | Owls 3-0 Charlton | Championship
7 Nov 2015 | Charlton 3-1 Owls | Championship