Vital Football

Latest Sheffield Wednesday News

Preview: SWFC Vs Palace

Wednesday
vs.
Crystal Palace

Hillsborough

11/02/06

15:00

Iain Dowie's Crystal Palace are the visitors to Hillsborough this weekend in what is going to be a big test for Paul Sturrock's men.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Sturrock told the official SWFC site:

''We've got to be positive. Two-nil flattered them at their place. Although it's a difficult game, it's a winnable one.''

Wednesday Team News:

Paul Sturrock's main worry will be the goalkeeping situation at S6. David Lucas will miss the rest of the season and Sturrock has been frantically searching for a replacement for the former PNE stopper. His search has so far been fruitless so reserve goalkeeper Chris Adamson is likely to be the man between the sticks on Saturday.

More worries for Sturrock come through the suspension of midfielder Glenn Whelen who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory at Millwall. Richie Partrige may at long last get his chance on the wing with Burton O'Brien moving back to his favoured central midfield role.

Owls' player of the season Graham Coughlan will face a late fitness test on Saturday, but Sturrock will have no worries over using Drissa Diallo or Lee Bullen in the centre of defence after playing well at Millwall last week.

At the other end of the pitch the Owls are spoilt for choice, with Deon Burton, Marcus Tudgay, Leon Best, and Barry Corr all available for selection. Steve Maclean may also be included on the bench.

Player to watch: 16- Richard Wood

Hopefully we won't be seeing too much of Woody - he'll be marking Andy Johnson! Recently called up to Peter Taylors Football League under-21 side, Woody has come on leaps and bounds at the back playing alongside Coughlan, and deserves his place in Taylor's eleven.

Crystal Palace Team News:

Palace will be without defensive rock Fitz Hall who is serving the second of his three game suspension after his sending off at home to Cardiff last week. Fellow defender Tony Popovic is also doubtful for the trip north after picking up a back injury.

Clinton Morrison is also likely to cause the Wednesday defence havoc after recovering from a shoulder injury. Morrison will partner Andy Johnson in attack - which is sure to be the toughest test yet for the Owls defence.

Experienced midfielder Michael Hughes will also return to the fold following his rib injury which kept him out of the cup defeat to Preston NE during the week.

Player to watch: 8 - Andy Johnson

Arguably the best striker in the division, AJ will surely be the biggest threat that the Wednesday defence have had to come against. 'Keeper Chris Adamson will think himself unlucky to be up against arguably the best attacking partnership in the division.

Match Facts & Stats

Head-To-Head

SWFC wins: 18

CPFC wins: 13

Draws: 13


Last Time Out

Crystal Palace 2-0 Wednesday

The 2-0 victory flattered the hosts in late September as goals from Clinton Morrison and an unfortunate Glenn Whelen own goal condemened the Owls to defeat in South London. The win would mark a change in fortunes for Palace, who made a poor start to the season.


Played For Both

Mark Bright
Paul Warhurst
Lee Bradbury
Matt Clarke
Paul Williams


Current Form

SWFC: L,W,L,L,W

CPFC: D,D,D,W,L

Next Fixtures:

Vs Coventry City (A) - 15/02/06

Vs Sheffield United (H) - 18/02/06

Vs Southampton (A) - 25/02/06


Writer:Nick
Date:Friday February 10 2006
Time: 8:08PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Ed Jepson
Editor email
Profile
Tom Sellers
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are you happy Carlos is staying at S6?
Suggested By: Vital Wednesday
Yes!87%
Indifferent feelings11%
New man by Christmas2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sheffield Wednesday Results (view all)

Sheffield Wednesday Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.dooleys left leg6
2.swfcjambo4
3.tonyone1
4.brinsworthowl1
Write for Vital Football