Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Preview: Cardiff v SWFC

Cardiff City
vs.
Wednesday

Ninian Park

07/04/07

15:00

Wednesday will be hoping to continue their superb form as they kick their Easter campaign off with a tricky tie against the promotion-chasing Bluebirds at Ninian Park on Saturday.

Dave Jones' men have come off the boil somewhat since their electric start to the season but are still hopeful of grabbing a play-off spot, starting with three points against Wednesday at the weekend.

The Owls will be taking their impressive seven-game unbeaten run in to the game but the Bluebirds will be desperate to return to winning ways following the disappointing defeat at home to in-form Sunderland last weekend.

Vital Quotes:

Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:

'Whenever you're in good form you always want the games to come thick and fast and here we go we've got them coming thick and fast. We're playing Cardiff on Saturday and then straight away we have the Monday game, so it gives us a good platform.

'Seven games undefeated will certainly give us a great opportunity going to the likes of Cardiff and then come home and show the supporters what we've been doing away from home because they've not seen us for a wee while. I'm looking forward to it; the Easter programme always seems to be exciting for one thing or another.'

Cardiff City Team News:

An injury to Riccy Scimeca last weekend could prove to be the biggest blow for Blurbirds boss Dave Jones as he takes his side in to the final furlong of the season.

The former Nottingham Forest man was subbed after the first half of last weekend's defeat at home to Sunderland and could be forced to sit out the remainder of the season.

Another injury blow to City is that of the experienced Glen Loovens, who could again be sidelined for the rest of the season and will miss the visit of the Owls.

Player to watch: Michael Chopra

Chopra could well prove to be the signing of the season in the Championship should his goals fire City to the play-off spots this season. The former Barnsley and Newcastle hitman has been in fine form all season with 21 goals to his name in the Championship - and he'll be hoping to add to that tally against the Owls this weekend.

Wednesday Team News:

Pacey winger Jermaine Johnson looks set to miss out on a return to action following a knee injury and contracting chicken pox earlier in the week and being sent home from training.

The former Bradford man twisted his knee in the draw with Plymouth Argyle and hasn't featured since - and he's likely to miss the Ipswich clash on Monday.

The news means Marcus Tudgay is again likely to start on the right wing, allowing Deon Burton and Steve Maclean to continue their partnership in the Wednesday attack, while Rocky Lekaj will continue on the bench.

In-form right-back Frank Simek will again be missing for Brian Laws as he sits out the second of his three-match suspension for his sending off in the home draw with Wolves three weeks ago.

Lee Bullen is likely to continue at right-back, with Steve Watson filling in alongside Richard Wood in the heart of the Wednesday defence.

Striker Leon Clarke could return to the squad after Brian Laws rejected an approach from League One side Oldham to extend his loan deal at Boundary Park further.

Player to watch: Deon Burton

Owls winger Chris Brunt has been the centre of most of the 'player to watch' features, but experienced striker Deon Burton has been impressing of late with his superb play and neat goals. The former Derby and Portsmouth man is out of contract at the end of the season and will be looking to impress to earn himself a new one.

Match Facts & Stats

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 0-0 Cardiff, Hillsborough, 25/11/06.

It may have looked like a dull 0-0 draw in the history books, but Cardiff City came to Hillsborough top of the pile by a stretch and firing on all cylinders. The new-look Wednesday side, under the guidance of new boss Brian Laws, played well to hold the table-toppers to a draw - and start their decline from top-spot in the Championship.

Head-To-Head:

Cardiff wins: 20
Wednesday wins: 20
Draws: 12

Form:

Cardiff: L-W-D-L-L
Wednesday: W-D-D-W-W

Previous Line-Ups:

Cardiff: Alexander, Gunter, Johnson, McNaughton, Ledley, Parry (Feeney 74), McPhail, Scimeca (Walton 46), Whittingham, Thompson, Chopra (Byrne 86)Subs not used: Forde, Blake.

Wednesday: Turner, Watson, Bullen, Wood, Gilbert, Tudgay, Lunt, Whelan, Brunt (Spurr 87), MacLean, Burton (Folly 86). Subs not used: Adamson, Hills, Lekaj.

Championship Matches:

Friday

Hull v Norwich
Leicester v Derby
Southend v Colchester

Saturday

Birmingham v Burnley
Cardiff v Sheff Wed
Coventry v QPR
Crystal Palace v Preston
Ipswich v Barnsley
Leeds v Plymouth
Luton v Southampton
Sunderland v Wolverhampton
West Brom v Stoke

Next Fixtures:

Vs Ipswich Town (H) - 09/04/07

Vs West Brom (A) - 13/04/07

Vs Coventry City (H) - 21/04/07


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday April 6 2007
Time: 9:50AM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Will Wednesday finish in the top six?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yes, dont panic!47%
Yes, if Carlos is replaced!0%
Agony as we just miss out0%
No, we wont this season53%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 12:30PM : Barnsley (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 5:30PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg2
The Vital Football Members League