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Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday: An Owls fan’s view ahead of Elland Road match…

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A Yorkshire derby is the headline act this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship as Sheffield Wednesday travel to Leeds United in the second tier.

The Whites, of course, are going for the top two whilst the Owls remain hopeful of slip-ups above them to get into the top six.

Ahead of the game, then, we spoke as usual to Owls fan Louis Shackshaft to preview things…

1. A decent win midweek, after the Villa loss does the play-off dream remain intact?

No, not really, the likes of Villa and Bristol City have found their form again. It would be almost a miracle if we were to finish in the playoffs now, although it’s not mathematically impossible we would need to win every remaining game from now until the end of the campaign. Let’s take every game as it comes but it’s far from likely, unfortunately.

2. Marco Matias and George Boyd both impressed – under Bruce have we seen a reminder of the depth this Owls squad already possesses?

I guess we have to an extent, however, we do have to remind ourselves that the likes of Boyd and Matias have had plenty of opportunities in the last 24 months to prove themselves. Impressive glimpses aren’t good enough at this level, consistency is key and these two players are far from it. The squad needs to be reduced if anything and I’m sure Bruce is aware of that.

3. A derby with Leeds up next – do Owls fans think much about a win potentially helping out Sheffield United? It must be a strange feeling?

Wednesday only need to consider themselves, never should we be thinking about our city rivals whether our results benefit them or otherwise. Obviously, I want the Owls to beat Leeds and if that does the Blades a favour then so be it. Automatic promotion is ultimately in their own hands, not ours.

4. Things ended 1-1 earlier this season when the Owls were struggling more than they are now – is there confidence a win at Elland Road is possible? 

Anything is possible in a derby. We have seen some strange results over the years in this fixture but more often than not it ends in a draw. We are definitely capable of causing an upset, we are one of the form teams in the division so it should make for an intriguing affair.

5. Score prediction

I can’t look past a draw if I’m honest. I believe both sides are quite evenly matched at the minute based on form. Many people would favour Leeds on home turf but their automatic promotion challenge will hopefully add to the pressure of them winning. This may work in our favour but I’ll predict a 1-1 draw as a safe bet.

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