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In Focus: Sheffield Wednesday

8 December 2017

Norwich City return to Carrow Road this Saturday when they host Sheffield Wednesday in front of the Sky TV cameras (5.30pm kick-off).

The Owls have made the play-offs in the last two seasons and are unbeaten in their last five Sky Bet Championship games, despite drawing four of them.

Here’s what City can expect from their next opponents:

Key players
Ex-Norwich man Gary Hooper is already on course for his best goalscoring season in a blue and white shirt after bagging eight goals in 12 matches to date.

Hooper joined City in 2013 from Celtic and scored 20 goals in 70 matches for the Canaries before moving to Sheffield two years later.

The striker scored twice in The Owls’ 2-2 draw with Hull City last weekend and will be Wednesday’s main goal threat at Carrow Road.

In midfield, Adam Reach has been the main provider of opportunities for Wednesday this year bagging four assists - he’s also chipped in with three goals.

The 24-year-old also has an eye for the spectacular on the evidence of his 35-yard strike (pictured) when they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in November.

At the back, Tom Lees and Jack Hunt have been Wednesday’s top performers, providing a solid foundation for Carlos Carvalhal’s men.

Form guide
Wednesday are three points better off than City after 20 league matches and, like Daniel Farke's men, have  endured an up-and-down first few months of the 2017-18 season.

Carvalhal was beginning to come under pressure as points were in short supply during the end of September and into October.

However, Wednesday have not lost in their last seven matches and go into Saturday’s match with renewed belief and confidence.

At the beginning of the November, they pulled off a huge shock by beating Aston Villa at Villa Park in a match where Reach produced that superb long-range strike.

Despite their unbeaten run, they have drawn their last four games including being denied all three points when Hull visited Hillsborough last weekend.

A Hooper-double (pictured) in the second half completed a turnaround after Fraizer Campbell had given Hull the lead but a late Michael Dawson strike meant the points were shared.

Canary connections
As well as Hooper, there are two previous Canaries in the Wednesday ranks.

Jacob Butterfield (pictured) spent just over a season at Carrow Road but injury restricted him to only a handful of appearances in the Cup before he joined Middlesbrough in 2013.

Another player who failed to establish himself at Norwich City is Jake Kean. The goalkeeper in now an understudy to Wednesday number one Keiren Westwood.

In the squad
Goalkeepers: Keiren Westwood, Cameron Dawson, Joe Wildsmith, Jake Kean
Defenders: Jack Hunt, Joost van Aken, Morgan Fox, Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees, Liam Palmer, Sam Hutchinson, Ashley Baker, Daniel Pudil, Frederico Venancio
Midfielders: David Jones, Kieran Lee, Jacob Butterfield, Barry Bannan, Adam Reach, George Boyd, Ross Wallace, Almen Abdi,
Forwards: Jordan Rhodes, Steven Fletcher, Gary Hooper, Atdhe Nuhiu, Lucas Joao, Marco Matias, Fernando Forestieri

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