Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Preview: Owls v Burnley

Wednesday
vs.
Burnley

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, August 9

15:00

The time has come, the Owls' final day victory against Norwich City doesn't seem too far away but a new Championship season is all set to commence, and we're all excited, aren't we?

It hasn't been the most eventful pre-season at Hillsborough on the transfer front, with just the two new signings coming through the door at S6 in the shape of James O'Connor and Jimmy Smith.

Things couldn't have been much different for Saturday's opponents Burnley, with former Owls loanee Chris Eagles leading the way for Owen Coyle's close season signings from Manchester United.

But with a takeover at S6 all but done as we speak, fans will be looking forward to Saturday's opener with the Clarets much more than they would have been a few weeks ago.

Let the football commence!

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Brian Laws told the Sheffield Star:

'It's important we get a good start to the season; it's quite a while since we had one of those. We know what's required. We are confident of making a good start.

'I'm confident in the players we've got. There's no doubt about it, if we stay away from significant injuries we have a decent chance of a good season.

'We have a quality defence, we have added new players to our midfield, where Sean McAllister is also emerging, and we have goals in us.'

Burnley boss Owen Coyle told the official Burnley website:

'We all just want Saturday to come quickly.

'The lads have worked ever so hard and we think we have got them in a good, physical condition - and touch wood they will stay injury free.

'We knew we already had a good team spirit and we have signed some new players that we have tried to integrate into the group.

'They have worked ever so hard and hopefully that will bear fruit when the season starts.'

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday fans returning to Hillsborough for the new season are unlikely to see many changes to the side that finished last season in the famous blue and white stripes.

Former Claret James O'Connor and Chelsea youngster Jimmy Smith are the only new signings Brian Laws has brought in to bolster his midfield.

And O'Connor is all set to get the nod to start against his former club after featuring heavily in the Owls' pre-season campaign, but his central midfield partner is yet to be revealed.

Sean McAllister is fit and raring to go, while Steve Watson and Smith are both on the return from knocks picked up in pre-season, with Laws leaving it until the last minute to give late fitness checks to both.

The impressive defence of Lee Grant, Tommy Spurr, Mark Beevers, Richard Wood and Richard Hinds are expected to get the nod at the back, although Peter Gilbert will be pushing for a place instead of Hinds.

But the attack is where the selection headache lies, with Akpo Sodje leading the race for a starting spot, while Leon Clarke, Marcus Tudgay and Deon Burton have all worked hard to stake their claim for a starting spot, although Laws is likely to go with the experienced Sodje and Burton partnership.

Frank Simek remains sidelined, although Francis Jeffers stepped up his fitness in a midweek behind-closed-doors friendly with Bradford and could be included in the squad.

Player to watch: James O'Connor

As the only new signing likely to start on Saturday, Wednesday fans will be keen to see what the midfielder is all out in his first outing in the blue and white - made even better because he's featuring against his former club on day one.

Burnley Team News:

Clarets boss Owen Coyle has brought in six and let four players go in the close season, with the impressive signings out-shining the players he let go - giving the Clarets a pop at the top ten at least this signing.

The most impressive signing is Chris Eagles, who signs for the Clarets after making appearances for Manchester United in pre-season, and Owls fans will know all about him after spending a year in the blue and white on loan recently.

Martin Paterson has also made the 1m-plus switch to Turf Moor from Scunthorpe United, and he'll be hoping to continue his fine form against the Owls which saw him bag against Lee Grant a number of times last season.

Player to watch: Chris Eagles

The former Manchester United man has no doubt been the signing of the summer for Burnley, and he'll be keen to get off to an impressive start for the Clarets, especially after spending a year on loan in the famous blue and white stripes.

Match Facts & Stats

Head-To-Head:

Wednesday wins: 36
Burnley wins: 40
Draws: 17

Last Time Out:

Burnley 1-1 Wednesday

26/12/07 - Turf Moor

Two goals in a minute saw Wednesday happily take a point from Turf Moor on Boxing Day. Deon Burton had opened the scoring from the spot on the half hour mark, but Ade Akinbiyi grabbed an equaliser just minutes later to see the sides take a share of the spoils.

Next Fixtures:

12/08/08 - Rotherham United (H, Carling Cup)

16/08/08 - Wolves (A)

23/08/08 - Preston (H)


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday August 8 2008
Time: 10:50AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Back to normality on Saturday's now. Drink before the game and plenty of it, go to match to either see us play some good football and hopefully get three points or watch some utter *****e and come away with nothing. Then back to the pub to have plenty more sherbets talking about how good we was or how we haven't changed from last season!! I love Saturday's :)
will it ever happen
08/08/2008 11:25:00
0
Its what its all about int it, will it happen!! COME ON WEDNESDAY!! I can't foookin wait. 3-1 Burton
benowl
08/08/2008 12:47:00
0
I think you'll beat 'em and be above us come Saturday tea-time! Can't see Burnley doing much this year to be honest despite Eagles being a good signing. 2-0 Wednesday
shepsblade
08/08/2008 12:49:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Wednesday finish in the top six?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yes, dont panic!67%
Yes, if Carlos is replaced!0%
Agony as we just miss out0%
No, we wont this season33%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 12:30PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 5:30PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg2
Vital Football Comment