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In Focus: Sheffield Wednesday

3 May 2018

Norwich City travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday (12.30pm) in their final Sky Bet Championship fixture of the 2017-18 season.

Here’s our guide to what City can expect at the weekend:

Key players
Wednesday’s top scorer this season is former City striker Gary Hooper – he moved to Hillsborough from Carrow Road in 2015 and has netted 10 times in the league this year.

Canary fans will be well aware of the striker’s instincts in front of goal as he scored 20 times in a yellow and green jersey.

Boss Jos Luhukay can also call on another player with plenty of goalscoring nous in the division. Jordan Rhodes (pictured) may have only scored five Championship goals this season but is always a threat when called upon.

Other forward options for Wednesday include Atdhe Nuhiu, Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri.

From a creative angle, Adam Reach leads the assists chart for the Owls, having made nine goals in the league this season. The midfielder has also scored four goals making him their most productive player in an attacking sense.

In defence, centre-back pairing Tom Lees and Daniel Pudil will be tasked with stopping City on Sunday.

Form guide
Wednesday have had a disappointing season compared to their last two campaigns with the team set to finish in the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship, a far cry from two previous top six placings.

However, their recent form will encourage Owls’ fans heading into next season, with the side having picked up three wins in their last six matches.

Wednesday began April with a 3-1 victory over lowly Sunderland as goals from Joao, Lees and Nuhiu helped them to three points.

Consecutive defeats followed for Wednesday as they were beaten by Fulham and QPR before they returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win at Hull City, thanks to Rhodes’ early strike.

That match sparked a three-match run in which the Owls haven’t conceded a goal. They then comfortably beat Reading 3-0 before, last time out, pulling off a goalless draw at champions Wolves.

Previous meeting
City came from behind to earn their first home win in three months as they beat Wednesday in the reverse fixture in December.

The Owls led when Jordan Rhodes nodded in but the Canaries then edged the rest of a relatively subdued first half.

James Maddison's close-range finish on the rebound and Timm Klose's powerful header (pictured) turned the match around.

Nelson Oliveira added a third from the penalty spot in stoppage time after Barry Bannan slid in on Harrison Reed.

Squad list
Goalkeepers: Keiren Westwood, Cameron Dawson, Joe Wildsmith

Defenders: Jack Hunt, Joost van Aken, Morgan Fox, Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees, Liam Palmer, Sam Hutchinson, Ashley Baker, Connor O’Grady, Frederik Nielsen, Daniel Pudil, Jordan Thorniley, Frederico Venancio

Midfielders: David Jones, Kieran Lee, Jacob Butterfield, Barry Bannan, Adam Reach, George Boyd, Connor Kirby, Joey Pelupessy, Ross Wallace, Sean Clare, Fraser Preston, Almen Abdi, Jack Stobbs

Forwards: Jordan Rhodes, Steven Fletcher, Gary Hooper, Atdhe Nuhiu, Lucas Joao, Marco Mathias, Fernando Forestieri

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