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Big Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday

After a run of one win in seven outings, the Owls have secured seven points in their last three matches and now sit just three points outside of the play-offs.

City are now unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions and will look to secure their first victory at Hillsborough since their dramatic 3-2 victory in the 2012/13 season.

Here's a look at tomorrow's opponents.

FACTFILE

Formed: 1867
Nickname: The Owls
Website: www.swfc.co.uk
Twitter: @SWFC
Ground: Hillsborough
Capacity: 39,732

Honours:
First Division: 1902/03, 1903/04, 1928/29, 1929/30
Second Division: 1899/1900, 1925/26, 1951/52, 1955/56, 1958/59
League One play-off winners: 2004/05
FA Cup: 1896, 1907, 1935
Football League Cup: 1991
FA Community Shield: 1935

Last season:
League finish: 4th
FA Cup:
Third round, lost to Middlesbrough
EFL Cup: First round, lost to Cambridge United
Top scorer: Fernando Forestieri, 12 goals
Average attendance: 26,831

HOW DID THEY GET HERE?

Sheffield Wednesday have spent most of their league history in English football’s top flight, but have not competed at that level since being relegated in 2000.

In the last two seasons the Owls have come in touching distance of a return to the promise land, but have suffered heartache in the play-offs each time.

This term, they have endured a staggering start to the campaign, including a torrid run of one win in seven outings.

The South Yorkshire outfit’s form has improved of late however, and they are unbeaten in their last three matches, which has seen them climb back into the top half of the division, albeit still ten points behind their Steel City rivals.

CARLOS CARVAHAL TOOK OVER AT HILLSBOROUGH IN 2015

MEET THE GAFFER

Carvahal brought a wealth of experience to Hillsborough, having led 14 teams in three countries prior to his appointment.

The former Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas coach joined Wednesday in the summer of 2015 and has since led the Owls to successive play-off campaigns in the Championship.

Due to the club’s upturn in fortunes and results, Carvahal has become a huge hit with the fanbase and board alike, leading to the Portuguese penning a new contract in May.

Having spent in excess of £35m since his arrival, Carvahal will be desperate to turn around the club’s mixed results this term, and guide his side into the Premier League at the third time of asking.

Derby strike: Gary Hooper scores against Sheffield United

STAR MAN - GARY HOOPER

The Owls striker has netted eight times in all competitions this season which included a five-match scoring streak, to top his club's scoring chart.

The experienced forward proved himself as a young player after joining Scottish giants Celtic for a reported £2.4 million fee in 2010 before his £5 million move to Norwich three years later. There he experienced the misery of relegation and joy of promotion as Norwich dipped in and out of the Premier League.

But his move to Sheffield Wednesday came in 2016 after losing his place in Norwich's starting XI. He made the move north permanent, where he has scored 21 times in 62 appearances overall.

Bobby Reid celebrates after putting City 2-0 ahead against Sheffield Wednesday

MEMORABLE MEETING - APRIL 9TH 2016

Bristol City 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Goals: Liam Palmer 10 (og), Bobby Reid 13, Lee Tomlin 42 (pen), Jonathan Kodjia 52 (pen) - Richard O'Donnell 61 (og).

City smashed four past the Owls at Ashton Gate last season in a game which featured two converted penalties and two own goals.

Lee Tomlin's early strike crossed the line, despite the best efforts of defender Liam Palmer and Bobby Reid pounced to double City's lead just minutes later. Tomlin won a penalty after being tripped by Palmer and the number 9 coolly converted the resulting spot-kick before injury forced him off the pitch.

Reid won City's second penalty of the afternoon after good work from replacement Scott Wagstaff and Kodjia.

Half-time substitute Ross Wallace helped to cut the deficit with a 30-yard free kick that struck the upright and deflected back into the net off unfortunate City keeper O'Donnell.

Head coach Lee Johnson described the display as the best he had seen since taking the City job in January.

AND FINALLY...

Officials
Referee: Peter Bankes
Timothy Wood and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Graham Salisbury

Betting (via SkyBet)
Sheffield Wednesday 23/20
Draw 12/5
City 23/10

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