Derby v Sheffield Wednesday: Match Preview

The Owls travel to Derby this weekend, as the pressure on manager Carlos Carvalhal continues to mount.

An embarrassing 2-1 defeat to bottom of the league Bolton Wanderers last Saturday means Wednesday have only won one of their last five league games.

If dreams of another promotion push are going to come to fruition, then results need to change quickly.

Supporters are divided over whether or not Carvalhal should be sacked, and his position seems to be hanging in the balance.

To make matters worse for the club, striker Jordan Rhodes will miss Saturday’s game due to an ankle injury.

The Scotland international joins forwards, Fernando Forestieri and summer signing George Boyd on the injury list.

Jacob Butterfield, on loan from Derby, is ineligible to face his parent club.

On a more positive note, goalkeeper Kieren Westwood could be back in action after missing the last three games due to a rib injury.

Over 3,000 Wednesday fans will make the trip over to Pride Park hoping that the Owls can kick-start their lacklustre season.

Defender Jack Hunt is hoping he and the players can repay the fans for there support.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, he said: “Everyone is disappointed with how results have been going.

“We are going through a bad spell but everyone is pulling together, working hard and looking to turn things around quickly.

“Believe me, we are just disappointed as the fans, we don’t want to send anyone home unhappy.

“It would be nice to repay them as the travelling support has been fantastic since I’ve been at the club.”

Derby find themselves in a similar position to Wednesday.

Gary Rowett’s men are mid-table and have won just once in their last six, and haven’t won back to back games at home games since April.

However, they go into this week’s match on the back of a 2-0 win over local rivals Nottingham Forest so spirits will be high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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