Sheffield Wednesday v Norwich City: The Lowdown
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 03 November 2018
Can Norwich City end Hillsborough hoodoo? Get in the mood with videos, quotes, team news and expected formations.
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY TEAM NEWS
Fernando Forestieri (hamstring) has been ruled out for the next two games. Former Norwich striker Gary Hooper has had groin surgery and will be out until 2019.
NORWICH TEAM NEWS
Jamal Lewis (hamstring) is a major injury doubt. Todd Cantwell (hamstring) and Ivo Pinto (back) are definitely ruled out. Marco Stiepermann (tonsillitis) will travel but Daniel Farke is poised to make a late decision on the German.
Jordan Rhodes is ineligible against his parent club. Fit-again Teemu Pukki returns to the league squad. Grant Hanley trained with the first team on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing treatment for a quad problem.
The Scot should be back in the mix after the upcoming international break. Kenny McLean has returned to light training after his ankle surgery.
Carlton Morris and Matt Jarvis (both knee injuries) remain sidelined while striker Nelson Oliveira is out of favour.
FROM THE DUGOUT
“The history doesn’t play a large role for me. It was a strange game (last season’s 5-1 final day defeat). Christoph Zimmermann was there nearly with an own goal. Grant Hanley was out with injury and then James Maddison was injured in a big injury during this game.
“It felt strange, maybe some of the players were already on the beach.
“We conceded a few goals and still had plenty of chances before we conceded two late counters. A different period.”
“It has been a tough week for us (after 3-1 away defeat at Birmingham City) but we only have two options. You let it carry on or you put a stop to it. We have to put a stop to it. The only way to put this right is hard work and desire.
“We must stick together and try to do the right things. The players are hurting and want to put things right. We have to get on with it and do it ourselves. We have to perform when we go out on the pitch on a Saturday. It is performances that change how the fans feel.
“The fans have got every right to be concerned when you lose three games in a row.”
Tom Leeds, Owls captain
Sheffield Wednesday (4-3-1-2): Dawson, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach, Onomah, Nuhiu, Fletcher.
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis, Trybull, Tettey, Buendia, Leitner, Hernandez, Pukki.
DANGERMAN – BARRY BANNAN
Regarded as one of the best Championship technicians operating in midfield. But six yellow cards in 15 appearances this season would also testify to a combative streak.
Caused Norwich plenty of problems at Hillsborough on the final day of last season.
Most of the Owls’ best attacking work goes through him. Scottish international who started out at Aston Villa but has been a mainstay in Yorkshire since 2015.
BY THE BOOK
Sheffield Wednesday: 21/20
(Odds provided by SkyBet)
REFEREE – STEPHEN MARTIN (STAFFS)
Booked Mario Vrancic the last time he took charge of Norwich in a 1-1 Championship draw at Barnsley. Shown 20 yellow and two red cards in nine appointments this season.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Norwich Evening News. Click the link in the orange box above for details.