Wednesday can continue their good recent record against Yorkshire rivals Leeds
Sheffield Wednesday have a good recent record against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United and will be hoping to end their fixtures at Hillsborough with a rare victory for home fans to savour.
The Owls have lost just one of their last six against United and beat their neighbours 6-0 in last season’s corresponding match. Leeds have again been in the headlines for the wrong reasons over the last couple of weeks. Six first-team players pulled out on the eve of last Saturday’s defeat at Charlton, citing injury, yet all had trained normally just 24 hours earlier.
It was no surprise that Neil Redfearn’s patched-up side went on to lose to the Addicks at The Valley and they are ending the season with a whimper having lost their last five games, conceding 13 times in the process.
Controversial owner Massimo Cellino may have been officially suspended by the Football League but there’s a suspicion that he may still be pulling strings from his base in Italy and it would be no surprise if Redfearn, who is very much his own man, were to depart in the summer and cause more upheaval at a club which craves a period of stability to lick their wounds.
Wednesday are hoping that the appointment of former Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder and Adam Pearson, who was chief executive at Hull City in promotion years, in place of a sporting director at Hillsborough will herald in a new era of co-operation and progress. The pair will work alongside Stuart Gray in developing the club and work out how best to spend the Chansiri millions.
There have been improvements on the field this season and, after last week’s deserved draw at high-flying Bournemouth, Wednesday should end their home programme with a victory against a Leeds side that doesn’t know what the future holds and is again likely to include several youngsters.
A home win at 8/11 looks the logical bet in the 3-way market and the Owls are taken to go out with a bang and overcome a goal deficit on the handicap at 2/1.
The match kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday, April 25 at Hillsborough.