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Preview: Swansea v Owls

Swansea City

The Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Saturday, August 30


Wednesday make their first ever trip to the Liberty Stadium this weekend and face a tough task against a Swansea side that have taken to the Championship like a duck to water.

The Welsh side have made an impressive start to the campaign following promotion from League One, with their latest scalp a success at Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

But Wednesday boss Brian Laws will be able to take plenty of positives from last week's 1-1 draw at home to Preston and will be looking for an improved performance to the last one on the road which saw the Owls fall 4-1 at Wolves.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Martinez told Wales Online:

'The level of performance has been pleasing, but it is very, very early and there are certainly areas where we need to get better. There is still a lot of work to be done.

'Sheffield Wednesday is a different test for us. I think with Nottingham Forest it was a team we had played twice last season and in the players` eyes was easy. Wednesday will be different. We need to be ourselves. We have shown we can do that and have to do it again.'

Swansea City Team News:

Swansea will come in to the game on the back of a superb four match winning streak which saw them progress to the Third Round of the Carling Cup in mid-week with victory over Premier League side Hull City.

Defeat at Charlton Athletic aside, the Swans have brought their superb form from last season through to the Championship and are already flying high so early in the season.

And boss Martinez will have no fresh injury worries going in to the clash, where he hopes to make the Liberty Stadium a fortress for teams to travel to this season.

Player to watch: Jason Scotland

The striker swept League One clubs aside last season and Swansea fans will be hoping the strong marksman will be able to do the same this season - and he has already shown he can, with the winning goal at Plymouth last week. Will no doubt be a handful for the Owls defence.

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Brian Laws will have no fresh injury concerns going in to the game at the Liberty Stadium, and is likely to stick with the eleven that drew with Preston last weekend.

Marcus Tudgay came through that clash unscathed after returning from injury and will be hoping his strike partnership with Deon Burton will become fruitful with Akpo Sodje and Francis Jeffers still sidelined through injury.

Tony McMahon will also continue at right-back after impressing in his debut for the Owls last weekend following his one-month loan deal move from Middlesbrough.

Player to watch: Etienne Esajas

The Owls' wing duo of Esajas and Jermaine Johnson have proved a delight to watch going forward so far this season, and they'll need to be on the top of their game to cause the Swansea defence problems on their home patch this weekend.

Match Facts & Stats


Swansea wins: 4
Wednesday wins: 12
Draws: 7

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 6-1 Swansea

Hillsborough, Sheffield - 14/01/84

Wednesday ran out whopping 6-1 winners the last time the two teams met - 24 years ago - with goals from Lyons, Pearson, a Toshack own goal, Megson, Heard and Varadi.

Previous Line-Ups:

Swansea: De Vries, Painter, Monk, Collins (Rangel 55), Serran, Orlandi, Gomez, Tudur-Jones, MacDonald, Allen (Pintado 54), Bauza (Brandy 81). Subs Not Used: O'Leary, Tate, Gower, Lawrence.

Wednesday: Grant, Spurr, McMahon, Beevers, Wood, McAllister, Esajas, O'Connor, Johnson (Smith 71), Tudgay, Burton (Clarke 87).
Subs Not Used: O'Donnell, Gilbert, Watson.

Next Fixtures:

v Watford (H) - 13/09/08

v Reading (A) - 16/09/08

Date:Friday August 29 2008
Time: 12:25PM


Idea for a poll - which will happen for Wednesday first? Francis Jeffers starts a game or Geoff Sheard completes a takeover?
29/08/2008 15:23:00
I fancy us nicking a result, I'm going for 2-1! I also think the takeover will happen before Jeffers starts a match, not a clue when it will happen though, hopefully before Christmas!!
29/08/2008 15:51:00
u lot are strongly being linked with stead johnny according to good sourcs at the lane. i wouldnt be surprised if the deal involved woods coming the other way. i've herd 1.25m cash and stead (worth 1.25m) 2.5m in total. what you think??
30/08/2008 00:41:00
l think you can forget it
30/08/2008 06:30:00
I think if you have a problem with your posts being deleted Sharpblades you need to have a word with VITAL ADMIN because it was them who deleted your posts. And just for you below is what they said, but incase you dont believe me it is in the Woods Interest Grows section on the home page. Skeggy, the site is meant to be policed by the ed but we also keep an eye on it (should be answering this in the vitaladmin logins but I'm tired so sod it) It isn't just your posts that go, most of them are the childish posts by a few users who should know better from another team. We also try to do the same on their site. However if we delete their comments it makes sense to then delete the answers to their comments otherwise the thread makes no sense. We aren't perfect, we do miss things though! It will get to the stage where some will have to be banned if they can't talk sensibly! The Fear
Skeggy Owl
30/08/2008 09:01:00
it would make sense to ban the idiots who come on here just looking for a reaction, our discussions and the subjects often become secondary to the inane and predictable comments that follow, it isn't rocket science and we all know who i'm talking about
30/08/2008 10:15:00
Im going for a 3-1 win coz im optomistic. If we can play as good in the second half as we have been doing in the 1st half then I think it is in the bag. Lets hope we dont throw the game away at the end, how many times do we see that?
30/08/2008 10:46:00
i did say we will nor put an end to all the ranting and bickering and just keep it to football matters only. i asked johnny a question earlier whicj was football interest based so i hope you arnt talking about me dbblue as i havnt posted anything since i agree to use this site as it should be done. hope this is clear. like i say football based interests, comments and questions from now on. cheers.
30/08/2008 11:29:00
Nice one bfl. As for the question, i cant really see that happening buddy, we're a bit thin on the ground at the back so it wouldnt make sense swapping a defender for a striker when we have quite a few players in that department. If we let go of Wood it would have to be for a quite decent offer i think.
31/08/2008 10:42:00
We were rubbish. Played off the park. But all hail the TRUE captian Steve Watson! ***** off Wood.
31/08/2008 13:01:00
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