From Vital Sheffield Wednesday:
IT may still be very early days in npower League One, but Saturday’s clash with Carlisle brings with it the first ‘top-of-the-table’ clash of the season at Hillsborough.
The Owls are leading the way in the early stages of the season, with the Cumbrians not far behind in second, and both sides will be keen for positive results this weekend to take top spot in the division.
For Wednesday, it will be even more important for a good performance on the pitch to try and give Wednesdayites some joy following this week’s problems off the pitch.
For United, they’ll be hoping to take advantage of those problems and bag a first ever win at Hillsborough to take over at the top of the division.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns for the clash, with Owls boss Alan Irvine revealing that midfielder Giles Coke will be fit and available despite an ankle problem of late.
Coke is likely to continue his starting role, although Irvine may be considering changes elsewhere following a below-par performance which resulted in a 1-0 loss at Brentford at the weekend – Wednesday’s only league defeat of the season so far.
Clinton Morrison could well get the nod in attack following a number of matches starting from the substitutes bench, while midfielder Tommy Miller will also put his hand up for a first league start of the season after recovering from injury.
But it’s still too early for winger Jermaine Johnson to return to action.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
The Owls striker is still looking for his first goal from open play this season and will be desperate to bag it sooner rather than later, especially given Wednesday drew their first blank at Griffin Park last weekend.
Carlisle United Team News:
Carlisle United have never won a league match at Hillsborough, but the side that visits S6 on Saturday will be looking to break into their club’s history books.
Former Wednesday defender Frank Simek will be returning to Sheffield, but in a Carlisle shirt, and will no doubt get a warm reception from the home fans on his return.
United will have no fresh injury concerns making the trip to Wednesday but boss Gary Abbott could be tempted to tinker with his side following their 0-0 stalemate against Swindon Town at home at the weekend.
Player to watch: Frank Simek
A bit of a no brainer this one. Although Frank may not carry a huge threat in terms of going forward, he’ll certainly be the one to watch from Wednesday’s point of view. A former fans’ favourite – don’t have such a good game, eh Frank?
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