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In-focus: Opening month of the Owls' campaign

29 June 2016

With the new campaign a little over five weeks away, we’re taking a look at the opening month of the new term which begins with a tough double-header in the Championship.

The Owls kick-off 2016/17 live on Sky Sports in a clash against recently relegated Aston Villa at Hillsborough.

Villa endured a season to forget in the top flight last term, finishing bottom of the pile, and will be aiming to bounce back in a swift manner.

The man now charged with the task of returning Villa to the Premier League is Robert Di Matteo.

The 46-year-old has enjoyed considerable success on the managerial front, leading West Brom to the top flight as runners-up in 2009/10, and completing a famous double with Chelsea in 2011/12, scooping the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League titles.

The game will take place on Sunday 7 August, 4.30pm.

Next-up for Wednesday will be League 2 side Cambridge United in the EFL Cup.

Despite a strong finish to the 2015/16 campaign, which saw the club lose just two of their last 13 games and included a 7-0 win over Morecambe, United ultimately fell short of the play-offs.

Manager Shaun Derry will be out to build on that positive season and hoping for an upset in this first round tie.

It will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides in almost 18 years and the game will take place on Tuesday 9 August.

The Owls will resume their league campaign against another side adapting to the Championship after coming down from the Premier League.

Norwich are one of the strong favourites to be promoted in 2016/17, so a trip to Carrow Road on Saturday 13 August will be a big test for Wednesday.

This fixture has also been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports and will kick off at the slightly later time of 5.30pm.

The Canaries have extended the contract of striker Cameron Jerome, who scored 21 goals in their 2014/15 Championship promotion campaign and will be hoping the 29-year-old can hit those heights once again.

Influential winger Nathan Redmond has left Norwich, joining Southampton for a club record fee reported to be in the region of £11m.

The Owls will then be back on the road three days later for their first ever meeting with Burton Albion.

The two sides have never played each other at first team level and the first will take place at the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday 16 August.

The Brewers gained promotion to the Championship in 2015/16 after finishing runners-up in League 1.

Excitement and drama guaranteed in this Yorkshire derby as Wednesday host Leeds United on Saturday 20 August.

Former Owls loanee Garry Monk was appointed head coach of the Elland Road side earlier this month and his brief is to turn United into promotion-contenders.

Monk’s first signing of the summer was Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson from Kalmar FF, who the club hope will add extra firepower in the coming campaign.

Finally for August, the Owls will be back on their travels on Saturday 27 August with a clash against Brentford.

After a poor run of form in February and March, Brentford finished last season in strong fashion with seven wins from nine, including 3-0 and 5-1 successes against Fulham and Huddersfield in the final two games.

Wednesday completed an impressive double against the Bees last season, 4-0 at Hillsborough and 2-1 at Griffin Park.

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