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West Brom vs. Wednesday

The Hawthorns, West Bromich

Tuesday, March 9


Preview: WBA v Owls

Wednesday will be looking to record crucial back-to-back wins when they face hot-and-cold West Brom at the Hawthorns tonight.

Alan Irvine and his men will be keen to build on Saturday's 2-0 victory against Leicester City and cause an upset against the promotion-chasing Baggies on their own soil.

Roberto Di Matteo's men are keen to bag promotion to the Premier League this season but continue to come unstuck in games they should be winning - a prime example being their weekend defeat at QPR.

They'll be looking to get back on track against the Owls, but Wednesday go there with a good record at the Hawthorns and in confident mood following their victory against the Foxes.

Vital Quotes:

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo told the official West Brom website:

'We were very disappointed with our last game and we know it is a must-win game for us tonight.

'But first of all we need to make sure we work hard and we match every team for all the basics.

'That means the fighting, the tackling and all that stuff, and hopefully in the long-term our quality will shine.'

West Brom Team News:

Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo will have concerns over his attack tonight, with Roman Bednar ruled out with a groin injury while Simon Cox is struggling with a back problem.

The latter, who helped the Baggies run riot in a 4-0 win at Hillsborough earlier in the seasonn, will be given a late fitness test.

It could mean Ishmael Miller returns to the starting line-up following an injury lay-off. Miller was a used substitute at the weekend but could be given a start against the Owls in a lone striker role.

The Baggies fell to a disappointing defeat at the weekend but Di Matteo could stick with a similar side for tonight's clash.

Player to watch: Ishmael Miller

The big forward may not have 90 minutes in him, but should he get the nod in attack he's bound to cause the Wednesday defence plenty of problems throughout the game.

Wednesday Team News:

The Owls have no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the trip to the Hawthorns.

That means that boss Alan Irvine is likely to keep faith with the same starting eleven that beat Leicester at the weekend, with Leon Clarke starting in attack.

Jermaine Johnson also came through a good 70 minutes after returning from injury and his qualities are likely to keep him in the starting eleven tonight, despite a lack of fitness.

Tommy Spurr was taken off with delayeed concussion at the weekend but is likely to keep his place at right-back after recovering.

Player to watch: Leon Clarke

The former Wolves man is likely to get a bit of grief from Baggies fans, but he'll surely relish the challenge of continuing his fine goalscoring form at the Hawthorns.

Match Facts & Stats


West Brom wins: 35
Wednesday wins: 53
Draws: 26

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-4 West Brom

Hillsborough, 28/11/09

West Brom inflicted the Owls' heaviest defeat on home soil this season in emphatic style. Simon Cox fired a first-half double while Jerome Thomas also found the back of the net in the first 45 minutes. Former Owl Chris Brunt completed the rout with five minutes to go.


West Brom: L-W-L-L-D

Wednesday: W-L-L-L-W

Next Fixtures:

v Swansea City (a) - 13/03/10

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 9 2010

Time: 9:20AM

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Good luck tonight boys, not expecting to get much there but you never know, the championship is a funny old league!
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09/03/2010 17:35:00

Anything from this game is a bonus so lets see what happens. Even if we were pushing for the play offs this would be a tough game to win. Lets hope we put in a good performance and take whatever positives from the game.
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