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Preview: Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday
Sky Bet Championship
Ashton Gate
Saturday, April 9th (3pm)

Tickets SOLD OUT

Bristol City will look to avenge their opening day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on tomorrow at Ashton Gate.

All you need to know about tomorrow's opponents.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
After defeating City on the opening day of the season, Wednesday had a mini slump before gradually progressing up the table into the play-off picture. The Owls are currently fifth in the Sky Bet Championship and look likely to be in the top six with just six games remaining. Wednesday have conceded the joint-fourth least in the division and have scored third highest (59) behind Burnley (63) and Fulham (61). Fernando Forestieri has 14 league goals to his name while former Celtic man Gary Hooper has notched 11 since signing from Norwich City.

HEAD COACH
Carlos Carvalhal – Portguese manager who has been in charge of 15 clubs since 1998. Tomorrow’s match will be the 49-year-old’s first as Wednesday head coach following three seasons out of football. Carvalhal spent three spells at City’s pre-season opponents SC Braga in a 15-year playing career spanning across seven teams.

STAR MAN
Fernando Forestieri - Twenty-six-year-old forward born in Argentina but played youth football for Italy from Under-17 to Under-21. After three years in Boca Juniors academy, Forestieri moved to Genoa in 2006 but spent the final two seasons of his three years at the club on loan to Siena and Vicenza. Udinese paid for his services in 2009 but the Argentine failed to make an appearance for the Serie A team and spent his whole time out on loan. His last loan saw him move to England with Watford who secured his signature in 2013. The attacker scored 18 goals in 75 appearances during his permanent spell with the Hornets before moving to Wednesday in the August transfer window. Forestieri has 14 league goals this campaign.

OFFICIALS
Charles Breakspear is the man in the middle on Saturday. Mark Howes and Nick Hobbis will be his assistants. John Law is the fourth official.

TICKETS
The match is sold out.

LAST TIME OUT
Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Bristol City - Goals from Tom Lees and Lewis McGugan earned Wednesday three points over City on the opening day of the season. Defender Lees nodded home on the hour to open the scoring and McGugan wrapped up the contest tapping in Wallace's cross as the Owls hit the visitors on the break.

LAST SEASON
Championship: 13th
FA Cup: Third round (lost to Manchester City)
Capital One Cup: Third round (lost to Manchester City)

DID YOU KNOW?
In 1820, the club was initially a cricket club named The Wednesday Cricket Club after the day of the week on which they played their matches, and wasn’t renamed Sheffield Wednesday officially until 1929.

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