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Wednesday vs. Leicester City

Hillsborough

Saturday, November 24

3pm

Owls v Leicester preview

Wednesday's task of arresting their run of three straight Championship defeats gets no easier this Saturday when promotion-hopefuls Leicester City visit Hillsborough.

Owls boss Dave Jones has come under fire from supporters in recent weeks with Wednesday lurching just two points above the relegation zone thanks to a run of two wins from 15 matches.

In contrast, former Owl Nigel Pearson has guided Leicester into fifth and four points off an automatic promotion spot following a run of just two defeats from City's last ten matches.

Jones will be out to turn the form book on its head and his squad will be boosted with the loan arrivals of Mamady Sidibe and Jeremy Helan, although Ross Barkley has returned to Everton.

Wednesday Team News:

Owls boss Dave Jones bolstered his squad with the loan signings of striker Mamady Sidibe, from Stoke City, and left-back/winger Jeremy Helan from Manchester City on transfer deadline day and both are expected to be in the squad to face the Foxes.

Jones has been desperate to add to his attacking options but Sidibe may have to wait for a first start in the blue and white, with the player hardly kicking a ball in anger in the last two injury-hit years. Of the two, Helan is the more likely to start but it is unclear whether he'll be used as an attacking winger or at left-back.

There will be no Ross Barkley available for selection after Everton recalled the young midfielder to Goodison Park this week. Rhys McCabe could come in as a like-for-like swap for the Toffees man, but Jones could also opt to change his formation following recent results and the recent changes to his personnel.

Midfielder Chris Lines will be chomping at the bit for a first run-out for the Owls in the Championship after edging closer to a return to full fitness. Jones said he could be in the squad at Forest but didn't feature - a week on and Lines could get his chance.

Player to watch: Helan/Sidibe

Wednesday's two new loan signings are set to be in Dave Jones's squad and although their arrivals have not exactly inspired Wednesdayites, they'll be the ones charged with helping improve the Owls' fortunes in the Championship - until the January transfer window at least.

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester have been handed a blow with the news that top-scorer David Nugent will be sidelined for the trip to South Yorkshire. Nugent, who has scored nine goals for City so far this season, sustained a neck injury in the Foxes' draw with Nottingham Forest and is set to miss the Yorkshire double-header against the Owls this weekend and at Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Jamie Vardy, a big Wednesday supporter, could come in to replace Nugent after recovering from an injury of his own - and he'll be desperate to impress not just on his return from injury but also at a ground where he came to support the Owls in the stands.

Boss Nigel Pearson could also be boosted with the return of left-back Paul Konchesky. The former Charlton Athletic man has been out with a hamstring injury for the last fortnight but could come in to replace Jeff Schlupp at left-back.

Pearson will have no other fresh injury or suspension concerns on his return to his old stomping ground.

Player to watch: Anthony Knockaert

The French winger has been a sensation since arriving at the Keepmoat Stadium and his box of tricks are sure to bamboozle the Owls defence throughout the match. Keeping former Owls loan star Ben Marshall out of the team, he's also City's third top-scorer this term.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: L-L-L-W-W

Leicester: W-D-D-L-L

Head-to-Head:

Wednesday wins: 40

Leicester wins: 38

Draws: 28

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 2-0 Leicester

Hillsborough - 6/3/2010

Leon Clarke scored both goals as Wednesday secured a convincing win over the Foxes last time out at Hillsborough, netting in the sixth minute and just after the hour mark.

Next Fixtures:

v Watford (H) - 27/11/12




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Date:Friday November 23 2012

Time: 11:32AM

Your Comments

I could imagine MM putting a star next to this one when the fixtures first came out. Now though, I wouldn't be surprised if he decided to stay at home.
OurMaurice
i partially think he will be there to see if the owners have any mates with the same sort of cash. have to say I'm not looking forward to tomorrow but ever the optamist says we might just nick it?
wedalways
And who exactly is this 'ever the optamist'? Does he know something the rest of us don't?
OurMaurice
sorry i am partially illiterate you know what i mean
wedalways
Think these two loan signings may be DJ,s last throw of the dice seems to be stumbling from one bad signing to another wish we had the team that got us promoted with a couple of signings to strengthen us .......
brinsworthowl
I've not been gunning for DJ to be sacked, and I still think he needs more time, but looking at the picture of Pearson I do think....... If only !
Waddle1993
I think you are all being too negative about Sidibe's scoring record. Nobody has mentioned that he banged in 10 goals for Colchester in just 106 games. thats almost a goal every 10 games, which is better than our other loan ranger.I am so fed up. Not so much with the results but the disjointed nature of everything. Jones will get the sack so what are we messing about at. Dirty Leeds gettting that investment is also winding m e up. UTO.
Radon Barrier
I think you are all being too negative about Sidibe's scoring record. Nobody has mentioned that he banged in 10 goals for Colchester in just 106 games. thats almost a goal every 10 games, which is better than our other loan ranger.I am so fed up. Not so much with the results but the disjointed nature of everything. Jones will get the sack so what are we messing about at. Dirty Leeds gettting that investment is also winding m e up. UTO.
Radon Barrier
Considering he's only here for a month radon the odds are that he wont score.
brinsworthowl
You're right about Sidibe, Radon. I think his career average works out at one goal for every seven games. Which is just typical really, because we've signed him up for six!
OurMaurice
I used to think like that, Waddle1993. Where would we be now if that whole Big Ron/ Nigel Pearson thing had ever materialized? But then I see NP's interviews on TV and wonder when he had his personality surgically removed.
OurMaurice
Sorry for the outbursts not so long back and the language that was used, but frustration got the better of me. Anyway Leicester to get a big win today and hopefully that moron in charge will get the boot, all his gash loan signing can follow him out the door. I can settle with staying up by the slender margins, but dot think we will with this idiot. Please mm get rid now, get someone to settle things and let them have a dabble in the window.
OWL25
Come On Guys I've got a great feeling about this signing Sidibe could be our new Tony Cunningham (Brown Owl) sorry to all of you who are not at least 40 yera old :-)
andymac-scoresagoal
I take it all back :-(
andymac-scoresagoal
Time for a change.
Radon Barrier
Agreed. Organization and team spirit has all but disappeared. We need someone to instil into the players a sense of pride and remind them of their responsibilities and who they represent when they pull on the shirt. Then have them fit enough to dictate the tempo for a full ninety minutes, to compete for every ball, especially in the top third of the pitch and maximise each and every set play. And then to cap it all off, engender an unshakeable mindset that insists home advantage is worth a goal start. Hmm, let me think...
OurMaurice
after the euphoria of last season a reasonable start to this one, the last 12 weeks or so have been a nightmare, finally in the bottom 3 and looking for other teams to do us a favour, DJ says we were outclassed, does he not understand we are never outclassed we are blue and white wizards, is the mighty Mego free on Saturday, promise I'll never complain about a long ball again
Brighton Owl
Bring back Megson please !!!
ecco owl
 

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