Sheffield clubs prepare for big weekend of football


By Christopher Lewis @chrisellewis95

Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United are in action this weekend with crucial fixtures in the Sky Bet Football League.

Wednesday face Brentford at home while United will be looking to spark their season with an away derby win against fierce rivals Doncaster.

Wednesday head into their match with Brentford looking to go seven games unbeaten in the league, a run that’s seen them move into 6th position and into the Championship playoff places.

The Owls are coming off a late comeback victory away to Birmingham last week, a result that ensured they remain unbeaten in the Championship in 2016. Gary Hooper was selected for the Football League team of the week thanks to his two goal heroics late on in the second half.

“We’ve got the squad to do things like we did” Hooper said to Wednesday’s YouTube Channel after the match. “It was a hard game, a tough game, but I thought we dealt with it well. Now we’re in the sixth position and looking good.”

Brentford are 10 points behind the Owls in 12th place but have been in poor form recently, something the home team will aim to capitalise on.

Whilst Wednesday’s stock has been rising, their counterparts United have been going the other way. United have been struggling of late and are currently 11th in League One after picking up just two points from their last three games.

Manager Nigel Adkins was left to bemoan his side’s individual errors after their latest setback defeat at home against Wigan.

“It’s a poor penalty from our point of view that we’ve given away… then a second goal followed up by a poor throw in from ourselves” Adkins said, speaking to United’s YouTube Channel. “We wanted to win the game, and we haven’t done.”

Contrary to Wednesday, United have only won once in 2016. Blades fans, desperate to get back to the Championship, will want nothing more than a win away to rivals Doncaster to get themselves back in the promotion fight.

United’s travelling support will be buoyed by Doncaster’s woeful recent home form and the fact that Rovers, who are themselves languishing in 16th place, have also only won one time in this calendar year so far.

Both games are scheduled to kick off at 3PM on Saturday.

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