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Preview: Owls v Watford

Wednesday
vs.
Watford

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Saturday, December 22

15:00

Wednesday will be looking for some pre-Christmas cheer on Saturday when out-of-sorts promotion hopefuls Watford make the trip up to Hillsborough.

The Owls have suffered a dip in form since boss Brian Laws bagged the manager of the month gong for November, but Watford's similar slip up at the top of the table will mean Wednesday will be going in to the game looking to bag all three points.

And while the Hornets have to get back on form on the pitch, they also have to worry about Al Bangura's future off the pitch, with the young Hornets star facing deportation.

Vital Quotes:

Lee Grant told the official SWFC website:

'I am looking forward to the Watford game. It will certainly be a game against one of the better sides in the league but we will be going into it, at home, looking to take three points. I missed out on the reverse fixture at Vicarage road so this will be a chance for me to take a look at my hometown club so it is certainly a game I am looking forward to.

'I have some good friends there still so it should be an enjoyable game for me and it will definitely be one that my friends and family will be watching out for.

Watford skipper Jay DeMerit said:

'The most important thing we have to remember is that there is still a long way to go.

'We knew that the gap at the top could get close; we weren't invincible.

'Hopefully the fact that we've been knocked off our perch will give us the drive to reclaim it and we'll start to pick up.

'If there's anything that will spur us on, it's that.'

Wednesday Team News:

Frank Simek will start his long stint on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury in a freak incident against Crystal Palace last week, with Lee Bullen set to come back in at right-back.

The injury problems keep coming for Brian Laws, with Akpo Sodje still on the sidelines and unlikely to be fit for a return for the clash with the Hornets.

But fellow striker Deon Burton could be set for a return to action after a number of weeks on the sidelines through injury, although Francis Jeffers is still out.

Player to watch: Glenn Whelan

Whelan could well be playing for a new contract - or a new club - with the transfer window fast approaching and the midfield yet to sign a new contract at Hillsborough.

Watford Team News:

The Hornets will welcome back Darius Henderson to their squad after the Doncaster-born striker had been out through injury and suspension in recent weeks.

Henderson, rumoured to be a target of the Owls over the summer, has been in good form this season and will link-up with Marlon King in the Watford attack.

Boss Aidy Boothroyd has no fresh injury concerns coming in to the game and will be wanting to get back to winning ways after West Brom took control at the top of the division.

Player to watch: Marlon King

King was priced at £60m by boss Aidy Boothroyd at the start of the season and the former Gillingham and Nottingham Forest man will be key if Watford are to make a swift return to the top flight.

Match Facts & Stats

Head-To-Head:

Wednesday wins: 12
Watford wins: 16
Draws: 8

Last Time Out:

Watford 2-1 Wednesday

Vicarage Road, 02/10/07

A Graham Kavanagh strike wasn't enough for Wednesday to get anything from their return clash this term as Watford left with all three points. Marlon King and Darius Henderson bagged the goals for the hosts while Jermaine Johnson saw red late on.

Current Form:

Wednesday: L-D-L-W-D

Watford: L-D-W-L-L

Previous Line-Ups:

Wednesday: Grant, Simek (Bullen 28), Hinds, Michael Johnson, Spurr, Whelan, Watson, Jermaine Johnson, O'Brien, Small (Esajas 90), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: Lunt, Beevers, Folly.

Watford: Lee, Doyley, Jackson, DeMerit, Stewart (Mariappa 72), Smith, O'Toole, Williamson, Ainsworth (Francis 46), King, Priskin (Ellington 65). Subs Not Used: Loach, Shittu.

Next Fixtures:

V Burnley (A) - 26/12/07

V Hull City (A) - 30/12/07


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday December 21 2007
Time: 1:41PM

Comments

0
watford always beat us, 2-0 to them
smiggyswfc
21/12/2007 18:29:00
0
If it's not a sneaky 1-0 victory to us, we are going to get battered 4-0, sorry :(
will it ever happen
21/12/2007 19:40:00
0
Starting line up will be Grant, Spurr, Johnson, Hinds, Bullen, O'Brien, Whelan,Watson, Johnson, Tudgay, Burton..............with Small coming on at the hour mark for Burton.......were stuck in a position where the club has to keep whelan happy, So dropping him for Folly, is out of the question, shifting watson into centerback is possible as Johnson goes back to derby after watford match, that'd give folly a rare few games to show theres life after whelan.
Bigash
22/12/2007 02:39:00
0
CAN SEE US SNEAKING IT BUT BEST BET FOR ME IS A 1-1 DRAW
mick66owl
22/12/2007 10:46:00
0
WELL after that its goin to be a very long hard winter unless laws is given some money of which we are told there is none. league 1 is on the horizon boys iam afraid to say
mick66owl
23/12/2007 19:30:00
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Looks like that way mick, just cant see when the next victory is coming from. Disappointed with the performance yesterday that me and Scott walked out after 37 minutes. Dont know if the side picked up after that but just could not see anything happening at all
will it ever happen
23/12/2007 21:25:00
0
they played ALRITE LEE BUT NEVER looked like breaking them down.
mick66owl
23/12/2007 23:15:00
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