Preview: Sheff Wed vs Norwich City

2 March 2017

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal is confident he and his team can get back to winning ways against Norwich this weekend.

The two sides meet at Hillsborough on Saturday in a game with huge play-off implications. Wednesday lie in 6thplace, occupying the final play-off position while Norwich sit just two spots below.

A win for the Owls would give them much-needed breathing room ahead of Fulham and Norwich as the season enters the home straight.

However, an away victory for Norwich would see them close the gap to just three points and heap pressure on the Owls, who have failed to win in their last two league outings.

Yet the visitors have not enjoyed life on the road this season, winning only once away from home in their last 11 attempts.

Carvalhal revealed that centre-back Tom Lees is still to recover from injury and the 26 year old will play no part in Saturday’s match.

The manager also added that Gary Hooper is in contention to play following injury, he said: “Hooper will do a scan today and if everything is ok he can be involved on Saturday.”

Pressure will be on Wednesday’s new signing Jordan Rhodes after the centre-forward missed a crucial penalty in last week’s defeat at Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Since signing from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window, Rhodes has only managed one goal in his last six games.

Captain Glenn Loovens said: “We need to give him a bit better service for him to do his part and I am sure that he of all people was most gutted about missing that penalty but we do everything as a team”.

This fixture has not been a happy hunting ground for the visitors in recent times. Norwich have not won any of their last five trips to Hillsborough, a miserable run dating back to 2005.

Written by Will Lumb

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