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Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham



This weekend will see two sides who have struggled so far this season clash as Fulham travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday. 

Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday have not won since the opening day, and face an in-form Fulham at Hillsborough this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday have not won since the opening day, and face an in-form Fulham at Hillsborough this afternoon (3pm kick-off)

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal will be without the services of versatile Sam Hutchinson after he picked up his fifth booking of the season in his side’s 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

Despite being omitted from Wednesday’s last two squads, Lewis McGugan is expected to take his place in the middle of the park. There is also a potential boost for Wednesday as Kieren Westwood is back from injury, and could start in the place of teenager Joe Wildsmith.

Despite being tipped by many as potential promotion contenders, the Owls have struggled this season and are without a win since their opening day victory over Bristol City. They have drawn three and lost three since then, and sit in 18th place with just six points from seven matches.

Fulham boss Kit Symons will definitely be without defender Ryan Fredericks as he has a hamstring injury, while Shaun Hutchinson and Nikolay Bodurov will be assessed before the game, with Symons hoping both will be available to improve a defence which hasn’t kept a clean sheet this season.

Striker Matt Smith is a doubt after receiving injections for his knee problem, while captain Scott Parker will definitely miss out as he continues his rehab from ankle surgery.

After a difficult start to season were they went four games without a win, Fulham have won two on the bounce after victories against Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers. Those victories have seen them climb to 13th in the Championship, with eight points from six games.

There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off for former Wednesday goalkeeper Ron Springett, who died this week. He played 384 games for Wednesday between 1958 and 1967, while also collecting 33 caps for England.

Wednesday and Fulham fans…what are your score predictions for the game? Can the Owls get back to winning ways? Or will Fulham make it three wins on the spin? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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