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Preston v Sheffield Wednesday: An Owls fan’s view ahead of Deepdale game

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Sheffield Wednesday have an outside chance of making the top six this season with two games left and Bristol City and Derby facing off.

The Owls need things to fall their way, of course, but this is the Championship and so they shouldn’t give up all hope as they head to Preston this weekend.

Ahead of the game, we spoke, as usual, to Owls fan Louis Shackshaft to preview the match and all things Wednesday…

Sum up the Easter period…

Entertaining to say the least. Coming off the back of a defeat to Leeds, in which Wednesday were comfortably beaten, four points from two difficult games was a good return. The contest vs Norwich on Good Friday was one of the highlight fixtures over Easter and Forestieri’s wonder goal stole the headlines. It was great to get back to winning ways against Bristol City also.

Mathematically, the play-offs aren’t gone – what are you making of it?

It would be something of a miracle now despite not being mathematically out of the equation. I still think the Owls will fall four or five points short, which is a shame after many ifs and buts. It’s nice just knowing we are comfortably sat in the top half at this stage. All the credit goes to Bruce.

Keiren Westwood is a player set for contract talks, how important will signing him on be?

He is indispensable to Wednesday defensively, you just have to look at his clean sheet record and the side’s improvement since his return. He is the start of a solid spine in our starting eleven, I think every Wednesdayite is praying he signs on for at least another year or so.

Preston up next, how big a threat are they now they have no pressure on them?

This fixture is one I’d have feared six weeks ago, however, Preston’s form has been wayward of late and they only have pride to play for. Having said that, they are a well drilled and organised team under Neil whose side constantly over achieve in my eyes. Deepdale is always a difficult place to travel.

Score prediction

I can’t look past a draw in this one. Both sides are in a position to trial and test different players, formations etc ahead of next season. Plus, some players are playing for contracts so will be hopeful of making an impact. 1-1 seems a likely scoreline.

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