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Preview: Owls v Hornets


Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, September 13


Football action returns to the Championship after a fortnight off for international duty, and Wednesday will be hoping to take confidence from their 1-1 draw at Swansea in to Saturday's visit of Watford.

The Owls have had a decent start to the new campaign in light of injury problems within the club, off-the-field problems with the takeover, and the latest news that skipper Richard Wood had a transfer request turned down.

It'll be interesting to see the reception Woody will get when the sides come on to the Hillsborough turf tomorrow, although one thing's for sure - the Wakefield-born defender will be giving his usual 100 per cent as he looks to help the Owls maintain their unbeaten home league record thus far this season.

It won't be easy - after Watford started the season in promising fashion despite losing key players over the pre-season and being written off by bookmakers for promotion this term.

Aidy Boothroyd has guided the Vicarage Road club to an impressive start to the season and the Hornets will be looking to continue the upper hand they've held over Wednesday in recent seasons.

Vital Quotes:

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday boss Brian Laws is likely to tinker with his squad following their 1-1 draw at Swansea City last time out in the Championship.

Jermaine Johnson is likely to return to the starting eleven in place of Jimmy Smith, bur the question is where?

Johnson has been touted as a possible striker for the visit of the Hornets with Deon Burton being involved in international action for Jamaica in midweek.

Francis Jeffers could also return to the Owls' squad following his lengthy lay-off, but would only command a place on the bench.

Laws has no fresh injury concerns going in to the match.

Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson

JJ could well be the key player for the Owls with his pace, whether it be on the wing or in a striker role.

Watford Team News:

Watford will be without loan signing Grzegorz Rasiak for the trip to S6, with the Southampton hitman out with a shoulder injury picked up in their clash with Charlton recently.

Former Owl, and Blade, Leigh Bromby will return to the ground where he made his first league start in football, and is sure to get a hot reception from the Wednesday faithful for his move to the red and white side of the city.

Former Rotherham United striker Will Hoskins could also return to South Yorkshire should Boothroyd include him in his sqiad after recovering from a groin injury.

But Mat Sadler is likely to miss out.

Player to watch: Leigh Bromby

The obvious one that Wednesday fans will be keeping a close eye on - and no doubt giving a huge earful to - but as well as his links with the Steel City, Bromby's long throws could cause problems in and around the Wednesday box.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 12
Watford wins: 17
Draws: 8

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-1 Watford

Hillsborough, 22/12/07

A sole Jobi McAnuff goal after just six minutes was enough to give promotion-chasing Watford all three points just before Christmas in a dull encounter last time the two teams met last season.

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, McMahon, Wood, Beevers, Spurr, McAllister, Esajas (Watson 69), Smith (Johnson 59), O'Connor, Burton (Clarke 69), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: O'Donnell, Gilbert.

Watford: Poom, Doyley, Bromby, DeMerit, Parkes (O'Toole 46), McAnuff, Williamson (Francis 82), Eustace, Harley, Smith, Priskin (Henderson 81). Subs Not Used: Loach, Mariappa.

Next Fixtures:

v Reading (A) - 16/09/08

v Ipswich Town (H) - 20/09/08

Date:Friday September 12 2008
Time: 3:50PM


we all know brombs is going to score. just think if it was the winner!!
12/09/2008 17:34:00
as long as it's an own goal.
12/09/2008 17:50:00
Look I'm going to a wedding tommorrow where I'll meet an old mate who's a Watford fan. Please God don't lose.
12/09/2008 18:03:00
wonder what reception he will get??
13/09/2008 11:22:00
i dont think it will be a good one BFL
13/09/2008 12:44:00
quality win today lads!!
13/09/2008 19:16:00
Unlucky defeat today pigforlife , what a shame! That hulse lad looks good where did they get him from?
13/09/2008 19:30:00
Can't remember the last time Jewell won a league game, Was it for Wigan when they sent the pigs down?
13/09/2008 19:31:00
First clean sheet in 15 league games or so. I'm pretty happy. And Greeny, what's up with you, kid? I don't know how old are you but what you're doing is childish. BFL just came to congratulate us with the win (it may be hypocritical, but the guy is trying at least) and what you're doing is pushing him to insult you back. Then you will moan that he should not be allowed to come here. Stupid.
13/09/2008 19:55:00
yeh and look at the brainless slagging off comments!! you tail ends wonder why you get so much abuse. RatherRandomOwl - exactlly mate good to know that there is some decent wendyites out there who actually relise that there own fans are total idiots!!
13/09/2008 20:34:00
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