PREVIEW: Owls set sights on extending unbeaten run

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Derby County in hopes of continuing their eight-game unbeaten run this weekend.

The Owls sit just six points off a Sky Bet Championship play-off place, following a stalemate Steel City Derby against rivals Sheffield United last Monday.

A rejuvenated Wednesday team, who remain unbeaten since the appointment of manager Steve Bruce, conceding just three goals in that time, face a seventh placed Derby side that ended a four match losing streak against Wigan Athletic during the week, courtesy of a Mason Bennett wonder-goal.

Wednesday could be without wide-man Fernando Forestieri who was substituted at half-time of the Steel City Derby with a hamstring injury.

Forestieri is the latest name to be added to an injury-ridden squad, but the away side will still be carrying momentum, with the Rams struggling for form under Frank Lampard.

Centre-halves Tom Lees and Michael Hector have established a solid defensive force, with youngster Liam Palmer being touted for a Scotland call-up by gaffer Steve Bruce.

Another clean-sheet at the Pride Park Stadium, where they have failed to win for 13 years, will provide the Owls with a lift in their campaign for promotion to the Premier League, currently sitting in 13th.

This Saturday’s 3pm kick-off and an imminent trip to relegation battlers Bolton Wanderers are games to win if Wednesday are to make a late push for a promotion place.

Written by Allan Smith

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