Preview: Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday

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September 16, 2014 by bluenosebible

By Harry Shersby-Wignall

 

Blues host Stuart Gray’s in form Sheffield Wednesday side next at St.Andrews for the second home game in 3 days.

After a disappointing 1-1 draw against Leeds on Saturday, Clark’s Blues will be raring to come back strong and maintain their unbeaten home record this season.

29103lingardSheffield Wednesday have started relatively strong and sit in 12th place with 2 wins out of 6 and a total of 9 points, which is 3 more than Blues who are on 6 points.

The reverse result of this fixture was a comfortable 4-1 win for Blues last September when Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard scored all 4 to cap a memorable debut.

However, the last time Blues and Wednesday met, it ended in another 4-1 score line but this time in favour of Sheffield.

Team News

Blues

18 year old Koby Arthur who has recently been recalled by Cheltenham will be drafted into Lee Clark’s matchday squad.

Attackers Lee Novak (knee), Denny Johnstone (thigh) and Matt Green (knee) are all ruled out through injury along with midfielder Olly Lee.

On loan Tottenham centre back Grant Hall will be doubtful after being forced to come off at half time due to injury during the 1-1 draw against Leeds.

New signing and American international Brek Shea has said that he ‘needs to improve his match fitness in order to make a real impact’.

Sheffield Wednesday

Captain Glenn Loovens will be available to start after completing his suspension and is expected to start.

Midfielders Kieran Lee (groin) and Chelsea loanee Sam Hutchinson (back) are both doubtful.

Former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe could make his full debut after coming on as a 61st minute sub on Saturday in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw away at Bolton.

Right back Lewis Buxton will be hoping to make his first start of the season.

Players to watch for Sheffield Wednesday will be exciting winger Royston Drenthe who signed from Reading recently and Serbian striker Atdhe Nuhiu who has bagged 4 goals in 7 games so far.

Prediction

I think Blues will struggle and would be lucky to win. I’m going for a 2-2 draw.

Keep Right On and COME ON YOU BLUES!

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