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Preview: SWFC v Ipswich

Wednesday
vs.
Ipswich Town

Hillsborough

09/04/07

15:00

Wednesday will be looking to make it nine games unbeaten and keep their slim hopes of a play-off spot alive with victory over Jim Magilton's Ipswich Town on Easter Monday.

Owls boss Brian Laws took charge of the Owls for the first time in the 2-0 victory over the Tractor Boys back in November thanks to goals from Marcus Tudgay and Madjid Bougherra.

And Laws will be hoping for more of the same as former Owls midfielder Jim Magilton returns to South Yorkshire for the first time as Town boss.

Vital Quotes:

Wednesday Team News:

Defender Frank Simek will sit out the final match of his three-game ban for his sending off in the 2-2 draw at home to Wolves three weeks ago.

The suspension means Owls boss Brian Laws is likely to stick with the same side that won 2-1 at Cardiff on Saturday - with Lee Bullen continuing at right-back, Steve Watson in the centre of defence and Kenny Lunt in centre midfield with Glenn Whelan.

Young striker Leon Clarke is set to get another outing since returning from his loan spell at Oldham after scoring and impressing at Ninian Park alongside Deon Burton on Saturday.

Jermaine Johnson is set to remain on the sidelines with chicken pox - allowing Marcus Tudgay to continue his role on the right hand side of midfield.

Player to watch: Deon Burton

The Owls striker has hit form at just the right time with three goals in three games to keep the Owls' slim hopes of a top six finish alive. The former Derby man is playing for a new contract in the summer and will hope to continue his fine form against Town.

Ipswich Town Team News:

Town boss Jim Magilton has revealed he'll change his squad for the trip to Hillsborough to allow some of his players to rest during the hectic Easter fixture period.

Dan Harding is likely to return to the Town squad after sitting out the weekend drubbing of Barnsley through suspension, while midfielder Gavin Williams will also return.

Former Owl Alex Bruce is likely to make a return to the Hillsborough turf with the visitors after making the switch to Portman Road in the summer.

Player to watch: Francis Jeffers

The former Everton and Arsenal frontman has had a torrid time with injuries and never reached his full potential, but is hoping to get a good run out at Portman Road. Jeffers scored in the win over Barnsley and will be hoping to do the same against more South Yorkshire opposition on Monday.

Match Facts & Stats

Last Time Out:

Ipswich 0-2 Wednesday, Portman Road, 11/11/06.

Brian Laws took charge of the Owls for the first time and he oversaw a comprehensive 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Marcus Tudgay and Madjid Bougherra to send the Owls on a fine run of form.

Head-To-Head:

Wednesday wins: 15
Ipswich wins: 12
Draws: 5

Form:

Wednesday: W-W-D-D-W
Ipswich: W-W-W-L-L

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Turner, Bullen, Watson, Wood, Gilbert, Tudgay, Whelan, Lunt (Folly 84), Brunt, Clarke (Lekaj 90), Burton (MacLean 86). Subs Not Used: Adamson, Spurr.

Ipswich: Price, Wilnis, De Vos, Bruce, Wright, Peters, Garvan, O'Callaghan, Roberts (Haynes 71), Walters, Lee (Jeffers 46). Subs Not Used: Supple, Williams, Miller.

Championship Matches:

Barnsley v Birmingham
Burnley v Cardiff
Colchester v Leeds
Derby v Coventry
Norwich v West Brom
Plymouth v Leicester
Preston v Southend
QPR v Luton
Sheff Wed v Ipswich
Southampton v Sunderland
Stoke v Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton v Hull

Next Fixtures:

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

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

Vs Birmingham City (A) - 28/04/07


Writer:Nick
Date:Sunday April 8 2007
Time: 9:48PM

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