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Match preview: Preston v Wednesday

26 April 2019

For the final time in 2018/19, the Owls are on the road this weekend, facing a trip to Preston.

Wednesday will be looking to make it back to back wins after the 2-0 victory over Bristol City on Easter Monday.

Steve Bruce’s side have finished the campaign in strong fashion, with just two defeats from the last 17 and will be looking to extend that impressive run for the final two games.

For Preston, their hopes of a top six finish are now over after a run of five defeats from the last six Championship outings.

The Lilywhites were strong challengers for a play-off spot until mid-March as Alex Neil’s side boasted a 12-game unbeaten run, including eight wins.

But their run since has left the top six out of reach.

Here is swfc.co.uk’s match preview:

Team news

Owls: Kieran Lee is in contention to make his first appearance since December 2017.

The midfielder has been out long term with a hip injury but has been in full training for the past three weeks and has featured for the Under-23s.

Keiren Westwood (knee) is back in training and could return to the starting XI at Deepdale after missing out over the Easter period against Norwich and Bristol City.

Achraf Lazaar is a doubt after missing training on Friday due to illness, while Adam Reach looks set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Sam Hutchinson (hamstring) will not be involved, while the game will also come too soon for Rolando Aarons (ankle).

Preston: Midfielder Ben Pearson is back available for selection after serving a three-game suspension.

Fellow midfielder Ryan Ledson begins a four-match ban after picking up his second red card of the season in the 2-0 defeat to Wigan on Monday.

Skipper Tom Clarke, Tom Barkhuizen, Alan Browne, Andrew Hughes, Brandon Barker, Josh Harrop and Brad Potts all remain sidelined.

Tickets

Sheffield Wednesday supporters will be able to purchase tickets on Saturday at Deepdale from the Bill Shankly Kop Ticket Office, located next to the away turnstiles.

There will be no increase in price on the matchday but supporters wishing to purchase concessionary tickets will require ID on the day.

Follow the game live

Subscribers to iFollow in the UK can listen exclusively LIVE online to all the action, while those overseas can watch the game unfold with an exclusive match pass.

Calling the action at Deepdale is our usual duo, Rob O’Neill and former Wednesday striker John Pearson.

Supporters

Owls fans will occupy the Bill Shankly Kop and turnstiles will open at 1.30pm.

The concourse will sell a range of alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks and hot/cold food.

Alcohol will be sold pre-match only, with the concourse kiosks open at half time for soft drinks and food.

Supporters are, as always, reminded of their conduct while following the Owls home and away.

This includes behaviour inside and outside of the stadium, the launching of missiles, pyrotechnics, coins or bottles.

Anyone found to be in breach of ground regulations and/or the law, will be met with potential club and legal action.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Last five v Preston

2018/19
Owls 1-0 Preston | 22 December 2018 | Championship

2017/18
Owls 4-1 Preston | 30 March 2018 | Championship (pictured)
Preston 1-0 Owls | 5 August 2017 | Championship

2016/17
Preston 1-1 Owls | 31 December 2016 | Championship
Owls 2-1 Preston | 3 December 2016 | Championship

Last time out - Owls 1-0 Preston | 22.12.18


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