The Owls hoping to avoid being overrun by the Tractor Boys.
Two defeats in four days last week has stalled Wednesday’s recent charge but the Owls are still handily placed in the Championship and have the opportunity to get back on track against Ipswich Town at Hillsborough.
The one worry for Wednesday fans is a busy schedule as Stuart Gray doesn’t have the biggest squad in the Championship at his disposal. Chris Maguire is one who has looked in need of a rest lately so maybe it’s time for loanee Royston Drenthe to step up to the plate. The Dutchman has made several substitute appearances so far as he attempts to gain match fitness.
Gray is always reluctant to criticise his players but was disappointed by the manner in which they conceded Cardiff’s winner on Saturday and also by his forwards’ inability to create clear-cut chances against a team that’s been going through a bad spell in front of their own fans, Gary Madine not really offering much different to Atdhe Nuhui.
Unfortunately it seems likely that Caolon Lavery is going to miss much of the season so maybe another dip into the loan market will be required.
Sam Hutchinson and Kieron Lee are still no nearer a return, it seems, and they’ve been joined on the sidelines by Tom Lees. But Kamil Zayatte is available again for the visit of the Tractor Boys which should mean that Lewis Buxton can return to his more familiar full-back position.
Ipswich are now above Wednesday in the table courtesy of victory over Owls’ neighbours Rotherham United at the weekend but only one of their five league wins this season have come away from Portman Road, though that was their latest at Wigan and they have drawn at Birmingham and Derby. Mick McCarthy’s team are unbeaten in five in all competitions and don’t concede many so this will be a big test of Wednesday’s mettle.
This is a fixture that tends not to produce many goals – the last two have ended 1-1 and that correct score can be backed at 9/2 this week. Under 2.5 total goals is 8/13.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 30th at Hillsborough.