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Preview: Plymouth Vs SWFC

Plymouth
vs.
Wednesday

Home Park

19/08/2006

15:00

Owls boss Paul Sturrock faces a tough return to his former club who are flying high in the Championship after a strong start to the new campaign.

Wednesday have no fit first team strikers following the injury blow to Steve Maclean during the week and will find it tough to net against a rejuvinated Argyle side. Marcus Tudgay, Deon Burton, Drew Talbot and Barry Corr are also sidelined.

Wednesday are yet to pick up a victory this term and I'm sure the Owls boss will be delighted if his side can return from Home Park with a point.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Sturrock told the SWFC website: 'It's battle conditions. I'm sure the ex-players of mine who are there will be hoping to turn me over. We've had a lot of tussles over the years and I think they've got the right man. I hope his team will stutter this week but I'm sure he will take Plymouth up the league.'

'My players have responded in the proper manner in the last three games. These boys work very hard and have a great attitude. In difficult circumstances they've rolled their sleeves up and battled, and I don't expect anything less from them.'

'It'll be all hands to the pump and we're going there under difficult circumstances. But we've been in the trenches when we've been to many places in the past and turned results out. We have to make it very difficult for them to score and hopefully get some goals ourselves.'

Plymouth Team News:

Argyle boss Ian Holloway has no new injury worries ahead of the weekend clash. And the former QPR boss will be hoping to continue his side's fine form which has seen them collect seven points from a possible nine.

Former Blades hitman Barry Hayles is set to continue upfront and will surely be one of the favourites to score against his former rivals. Former United midfielder Lilian Nalis should also return to the squad after picking up an ankle injury.

It will be a family re-union for Owls assistant boss Kevin Summerfield as his son, Luke, is likely to start against his the Owls. Luke made a bright start to his footballing career after scoring a wonder goal in his full debut against Colchester.

Meanwhile, former Owls loanee Bojan Djordjic could also figure for the Pilgrims after recovering from injury. Hasney Aljofree will face a late fitness test following an injury picked up at Sunderland.

Player to watch: David Norris

The Argyle player of the year is currently ranked as the second best midfielder in the division according to opta stats taken from the first three games. And the energetic midfielder is sure to cause the Owls problems.

Wednesday Team News:

Paul Sturrock faces a big decision in his attacking options for the trip to Home Park after Steve Maclean's knee injury means Wednesday are without a fit first team striker. Marcus Tudgay, Deon Burton, Drew Talbot and Barry Corr are also sidelined. Chris Brunt or Wade Small are likely to fill in for the Owls in attack.

Lee Bullen will serve his final of his three match ban's. following his sending off away in the Owls first game of the new campaign at Preston North End.

Player to watch: Glenn Whelen

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international came in for some stick after some lacklustre performances last season but Owls fans have seen a rejuvinated Whelen this season, and the most likely to create anything for the depleted Owls attack.

Match Facts & Stats

Last Time Out:

WEDNESDAY 0-0 Plymouth Argyle

22/11/2005 - Hillsborough

The two sides were unseperable last season as the Owls drew 0-0 with the Pilgrims at Hillsborough after previously drawing 1-1 in the return fixture at Home Park earlier in the season. The Owls were also facing similar striker problems, with defender Graeme Lee starting up front alongside the on-loan Gaby Agbonlahor.

Total Meetings:

PAFC wins: 9
SWFC wins: 10
Draws: 10

Previous Line-Ups:

Plymouth: McCormick, Connolly, Doumbe, Aljiofree, Capaldi, Watton, Norris, Summerfield (Buzsaky 72), Hodges, Hayles, Ebanks-Blake (Chadwick 71). Subs Not Used: Sawyer, Reid, Djordjic

Wednesday: Jones; Bougherra, Coughlan (c), Spurr; Lunt (Small 84); Simek, Whelan, O'Brien, Hills; Brunt; MacLean (McAllister 88). Subs Not Used: Adamson, Boden, McArdle

Match Betting:

-Taken from www.bet365.com-

PAFC win: 8/11
Draw: 9/4
SWFC win: 7/2

Championship Matches:

Friday

Coventry City v Leicester City

Saturday

Barnsley v Southampton
Birmingham v Crystal Palace
Burnley v Wolves
Derby County v Norwich City
Ipswich Town v Hull City
Leeds United v Cardiff City
Luton Town v Stoke City
Preston NE v QPR
Southend United v Sunderland
WBA v Colchester United

Next Fixtures:

Vs Wrexham (H - League Cup) - 23/08/2006

Vs Leeds United (H) - 27/08/2006

Vs Southen United (A) - 09/08/2006


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday August 18 2006
Time: 11:59AM

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