Derby joy predicted for Owls’ fans
There’s nothing like a local derby to stir up the blood and Wednesday’s players should be looking to inflict further misery on neighbours Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.
That said, the Owls have no more than an ordinary record against the Millers. They’ve won only three of their 11 meetings since 1981, losing five, and lost their only previous match at the New York Stadium – a Capital One Cup tie in 2013 when Rotherham were a League One side.
The teams played out a rather dull goalless draw at Hillsborough back in November but the Wednesday line-up this weekend will be a much different one to that which took the field that day.
Glenn Loovens, Jose Semedo and Liam Palmer are all injured and have been joined in the treatment room by Sergiu Bus, Kamil Zayatte and Will Keane. But Wales U21 winger Lloyd Isgrove could make his Wednesday debut at Rotherham having joined on loan until the end of the season from Southampton.
It’s been a typically up-and-down couple of weeks for Stuart Gray’s team. Last Saturday’s draw with Fulham was disappointing and it got no better against Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday, where they slipped to a 3-0 defeat and rarely threatened the home defence.
At least the passion should be flowing for the short trip up the M18 as there will be plenty of Wednesday fans making the journey and they face a Rotherham team looking anxiously over their shoulder following three defeats in four.
The Millers’ manager, Steve Evans, will almost shake things up again following their latest loss at Nottingham Forest as his squad have had 24 hours less than Wednesday to recover from their midweek exertions.
It’s another huge game for his side as another loss to suck them right back into a relegation dog fight which they’d looked to pull clear of. Jordan Bowery and Adam Hammill are alternatives if Evans does decide to make changes and he may also have to find a replacement for defender Jack Hunt, who was forced off with an injury at Forest.
Despite a couple of recent setbacks, Wednesday still have one of the best away records in the Championship and could take advantage of the obvious nervousness among the Rotherham ranks by sneaking a ninth victory on the road in the Championship this season at 9/5. Both teams to score is 10/11.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, March 21 at the New York Stadium.