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THE INSIDE TRACK: SHEFF WED

2 March 2017

Our guide to the Owls

NORWICH City visit play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, March 4 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here, we take a look at what City will come up against at Hillsborough.

IN THE PRESS
Wednesday captain Glenn Loovens admits that the stakes will be high come Saturday.

City are six points behind their hosts in the Sky Bet Championship table and Loovens knows that some significance rests on the outcome of this weekend's clash.


"It’s the next game so it is the most important but it will be a little bit special because they are just below in the table trying to take our spot," he told swfc.co.uk.

"It will be a tough game but a good game, a game we are looking forward to playing.

"We have to get back to winning ways and what better way to do it than against your rivals for a play-off spot."

PREVIOUS MEETING
The Canaries welcomed Carlos Carvalhal's Owls to Carrow Road for their first home game back in the division in August.

Alex Neil had guided City to a headline-grabbing 4-1 victory at Blackburn Rovers on the opening day but found Wednesday an altogether tougher proposition.


City edged a tight first half and nearly went ahead when Sam Hutchinson turned a cross onto his own bar, but the visitors improved after the break.

Gary Hooper, on his return to Norfolk, was denied by Michael McGovern in the second half - the goalkeeper making his full debut after replacing the injured John Ruddy.

By the end, neither team had managed to break the deadlock and City began their competitive home action of the new season with a point.

OWLS TRIVIA
Sheffield Wednesday got their unique name from the cricket club that the football team sprouted from; they always played their matches on a Wednesday.

Formed in 1867, they turned professional 20 years later and won the first of their three FA Cups in 1896 before claiming back-to-back Division One titles early in the 20th century.


The nickname 'The Owls' derives from Owlerton, which is the suburb of Sheffield where the club is based. The stadium was originally called Owlerton before being renamed in 1912.

Wednesday were founding members of the FA Premier League and achieved three seventh-placed finishes in the 1990s - though they haven't played in the top flight since 2000.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Keiren Westwood, Joe Wildsmith, Cameron Dawson.

Defenders: Glenn Loovens (c), Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Jack Hunt, Daniel Pudil, Vincent Sasso, Morgan Fox.

Midfielders: David Jones, Kieran Lee, Almen Abdi, Adam Reach, Callum McManaman, Liam Palmer, Jose Semedo, Urby Emanuelson, Ross Wallace, Will Buckley, Barry Bannan.

Forwards: Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall, Gary Hooper, Jordan Rhodes, Andre Marco Matias, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri.



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