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Preview: Owls v Baggies

West Brom

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, November 28


Things don't get any easier for Wednesday and Brian Laws, with table-topping West Brom making the trip to Hillsborough looking to heap further woe on the Owls tomorrow.

Wednesday are in danger of being in the bottom three positions over Christmas and will be desperate for three points against an in-form Baggies side.

It'll be a somewhat new-look Owls side too, with loanees Tom Soares and Warren Feeney both set to be part of the squad just days after signing.

Vital Quotes:

Former Owl Chris Brunt told the official West Brom website:

'Sheffield Wednesday fans were good to me after I left and when I was there as well,' said Brunt.

'I'll probably get some stick - that's the way football is - but I'm looking forward to going back.

'I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I owe them a lot for where I am now.

Wednesday Team News:

Both of Wednesday's deadline day loan signings, Warren Feeney and Tom Soares, will go into the squad for the visit of the Baggies.

Stoke City man Soares is expected to get the nod in midfield, with Tommy Miller failing to recover from injury, and he could come in to replace James O'Connor, although Darren Potter's place isn't safe, either.

Feeney could well feature for the bench, with Laws looking to keep faith with Marcus Tudgay and Luke Varney before looking to change his attack.

Wednesday are likely to revert to their usual 4-4-2 formation after changing to 4-3-3 at Ipswich Town last time out.

Francis Jeffers is an injury doubt, but other than that Laws has no fresh injury concerns.

Player to watch: Tom Soares/Warren Feeney

It had to be both loan players on player watch this weekend, with Soares and Feeney both being included in the matchday squad. The duo will both be looking to impress the Wednesday faithful in their first outing for the club.

West Brom Team News:

Wednesday fans will no doubt give a mixed reception to former midfielder Chris Brunt, who will return to his former home ground with the high-flying Baggies.

But, although Roberto Di Matteo's men are high on confidence coming into the game, they do have a few injury problems to deal with.

Jerome Thomas has a back problem, while Felipe Teixera has a thigh problem and Robert Koren has a hernia problem.

All three, as well as former Leicester City man Joe Mattock, and Shelton Martis, are set to be sidelined for the clash.

Player to watch: Chris Brunt

Although the Baggies have a host of top drawer players as their disposal, it just has to be Brunty for the danger man. No doubt he'll up his game on his return to S6, and will be looking to help fire West Brom to three vital points.

Match Facts & Stats


Wednesday wins: 53

West Brom wins: 34

Draws: 26

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-1 West Brom

Hillsborough, 04/03/08

Wednesday more than matched their visitors at Hillsborough but were dealt a cruel, cruel blow in the final minute as Kevin Phillips popped up to steal a dramatic late winner.

Next Fixtures:

v Reading (H) - 05/12/09

v Leicester City (A) - 12/12/09

Date:Friday November 27 2009
Time: 12:02PM


I write this at half time. We are already 0-3 down. COME ON LEE FIND SOMEONE WITH MONEY TO INVEST......................................................... THIS JUST CAN NOT GO ON
Handsworth Owl
28/11/2009 15:52:00
Laws out. Strafford out.
28/11/2009 16:04:00
LAWS OUT HES NO GOOD HES NOT DONE NOTHING FOR 3 YEARS WE ARE A REALLY BIG CLUB AND HE CANT MANGE US ITS TO BIG FOR YOU LAWS SO I SAY LAWS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
28/11/2009 16:14:00
im sorry to say it, but i think its time for brian laws to go, love the bloke to bits and hes had tough time at hillsborough with money and injuries, but the squad doesnt seem to react to him, too many crap signings and i think there may be an upset amongst the players, why would sodje want to go to charlton permanantly? we need a change quick and get to safety, and if that means laws has got to go then be it.
28/11/2009 16:53:00
hes looseing all our player hes staring to reminde me ov danny willson
28/11/2009 16:56:00
that was seriously embarrassing!!!! laws has to leave, he has to do the decent thing and resign!!! whats his problem with esajas?? gray IS NOT a winger/wide midfielder, hes a left back so WHY OH WHY is he played there, potter bad signing, simeks seems to have lost his speed, tudgay-but the biggest culprit is BL. his team selections, tactics and substitutions are ridiculous!!!!!!!
28/11/2009 17:37:00
Dont have a go at Brian he has had no money to spend...Just look at the league table the teams at the top don`t have the best managers they just have the most money to spend......COME ON LEE FIND US SOME MONEY
Handsworth Owl
28/11/2009 17:43:00
being a manager isant always about having money-team selections, tactics, substitutions etc, thats why he has to go!!!! but the money he has had hes bought very poorly excluding a couple!!!!
28/11/2009 17:45:00
Been today what a f ing shambles, something has got to give ! if we can't change the players we need to change the manager. Stafford wants us to treat Laws like a new manager wtf if your new wife behaved like that you would try to get the marriage annulled.
28/11/2009 18:57:00
Supersibon take a closer look at football today its all about money. B Laws has only bought what we can afford which is not a lot.He cant use tactics or substitutions because the players he does have give him no options.
Handsworth Owl
28/11/2009 19:12:00
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