Hull City V Owls – Match Preview

The Owls visit 13th place Hull City at the KCOM Stadium for what they hope will be a 6th game unbeaten for Wednesday.

Wednesday will take to the field for the first time in the league under new caretaker manager by Steve Agnew, against his former side.

The Owls are unbeaten since the departure of former boss Jos Luhukay, however the Tigers are 9 unbeaten in the league, winning 6-0 their last time out against Bolton Wanderers at the KCOM.

During the pre-match press conference on Friday lunch-time, Agnew said that Fernando Forestieri is likely to be back in training next week, while both Barry Bannan and Keiren Westwood are fit and ready for tomorrow. Josh Onomah is currently with Tottenham for a hamstring injury. Sam Hutchinson will be monitored prior to travelling.

Wednesday boost as Agnew confirms Bannan is fit for Hull.

The Owls will have the momentum and support behind them as they are backed by 2300+ Wednesday fans in huge voice for an important fixture for the Wednesday boys.

Agnew claims that the players are ready for the game: “We are all looking forward to the game tomorrow, the players have been excellent this week. They look like they are enjoying training, we expect a tough game tomorrow but the lads are confident.”

Agnew: “This is the Championship and any team at any time can go on a run as Hull have seen in recent games. But we feel we have a squad capable of climbing up this league. Through what I’ve seen this week, we are really looking forward to tomorrow.

“We have to be organised and have a platform and structure to move forward and create chances. We will have to be on top of our game defensively. But that’s not just for tomorrow but in all the games.”

Owls captain Tom Lees (left) alongside caretaker manager Steve Agnew.

Meanwhile, Hull are in good spirits after a run of 27 points from 36 possible, which saw them move from the bottom three to 13th in the table.

City are without Jackson Irvine due to international duty, James Weir, and Angus MacDonald, whilst Fraizer Campbell will be assessed by the medical team at Hull.

Nigel Adkins, who formerly managed Sheffield United, had this to say prior to the Yorkshire Derby: “It’ll be a tough game and they have a squad of really good players with quite a strong attacking force, there’s been a change of manager there and Steve Bruce will come in next month, but his coaching staff are already in there so the methods of how they want to go and perform are being put in place.

“They’re on a good run of form themselves and they’ve brought a few players back into it, Keiren Westwood for example who had been left out in the cold a little bit, so some experienced players are coming back in.”

Adkins was the December manager of the month, after 5 successive league wins for the Tigers.

Recent Form (league)

Sheffield Wednesday: LWWDD

Hull City: WWWWW

Recent Meetings

Wednesday 1 – 1 Hull City – August 2018 – Hillsborough – Championship

Hull City 0 – 1 Wednesday – April 2018 – KCOM Stadium – Championship

Live Coverage

You can watch the game from home on the OwlsFanzone website. Simply visit HERE and sign up to purchase a single match pass or season pass. Kick off: 3:00PM.

 

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