Sheffield Wednesday will look to overturn their drab run of form with a win against Graham Potter’s Swansea City.
Wednesday have been held to three draws in a row, most recently against Rotherham in which they relied on a last gasp equaliser from January new-comer Dominic Iorfa in the 10th minute of stoppage time to gain a point.
Steve Bruce’s side are facing an added difficulty in the absence of their talismanic striker Fernando Forestieri, who was sent off against Rotherham after being shown a second yellow card for high-fiving a member of the crowd.
The manager was appalled by the decision and said:
“I can’t quite get that (decision). Surely a little bit of common sense should prevail? We’ve just started getting used to having him back, and all of a sudden we’re without him again.”
Swansea will be looking to seize some momentum after a comfortable 4-1 dispatching of Brentford in the FA Cup in their last match.
English youngster Dan James produced a man of the match performance in that game after scoring in the first half, and Wednesday will need to find a way of stopping the mercurial winger without defender Jordan Thorniley, who is a doubt for the match.
The Welsh side sit in 13th place in the Championship, just two places above the Owls, and it was Swansea who prevailed the last time these two sides met, winning 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
But the Owls have lost just once in the Championship since that disappointing away loss in December, winning four and drawing five in that time, as they’ve risen rapidly up the table.
Wednesday will have a depleted squad for Saturday’s match, with Kieran Lee (hip), Gary Hooper (groin) and Josh Onomah (hamstring), Tom Lees (Shin) and Jordan Thorniley (head) all out injured.
Swansea will be without Declan John (ankle), Wayne Routledge (calf), Leroy Fer (hamstring), Joe Rodon (foot) and Martin Olsson (unknown).