Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea City
19th December 2009
Sean McAuley takes as temporary boss of the Owls following the recent departure of Brian Laws and he'll be hoping his side can get off to winning ways at home to Paulo Sousa's team.
The Swansea City boss will be looking for his side to bounce back from last week's disappointing 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest, while the Owls hope to get out of the relegation zone.
The Swans have yet to experience a win at Hillsborough and Sousa hopes it'll be our first tomorrow.
'It's about time we got our first win there,''
'It's long overdue.
'It will be more difficult for us because they have just lost their manager. The players had built up a long-term relationship with him (Laws) and I'm sure they will want to go out and prove something for him.
'When teams lose their managers, the players always tend to find an extra bit of energy that they didn't have before.
'A different leader also brings a different approach, whether that's the way they set up or the likes of set-pieces.
'It happened to us when we went to Barnsley (0-0) and Peterborough (2-2) this season, so we know what to expect.
'But it's not about them, it's about us. We don't change the way we play depending on the opposition, so it's up to us to go out there and play our normal game and put more pressure on them from the beginning.'
Sheffield Wednesday Team News:
From Vital Sheffield Wednesday:
Wednesday could well see a whole host of changes as McAuley looked to push the Owls out of the relegation spots with three points against the Welsh side.
Players such as Michael Gray, Richard Hinds, Etienne Esajas, Tom Soares and Warren Feeney will all be pushing for a place in the starting line-up after settling for a spot on the bench last time out.
Luke Varney could be one player likely to return to the starting line-up.
McAuley could also tinker with the formation too, with Laws mixing between a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 line-up in his last few matches at the club.
Apart from Tommy Miller who is doubtful, McAuley has a full squad to choose from.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
The striker joined the club in 2006 after a loan spell and has scored 42 goals in 139 appearances. He's netted 6 times this term and is the club's top goalscorer.
Swansea City Team News:
Paulo Sousa will still be without captain Garry Monk and winger Mark Gower but he'll boosted with the returns of Tom Butler, Stephen Dobbie and Guillem Bauza, but they're unlikely to featured in the starting line-up.
The Swans boss is unlikely to make many changes to his side and he can name an unchanged side if he wishes to.
Player to watch: Nathan Dyer
On his day (which is the majority of the time) the small but pacey and skilful winger is a handful for any defence. His confidence and ease and beating players is superb but sometimes his final ball or shot is disappointing. Still he's usually our best attacking player.
Match Facts & Stats
Head-to-Head: Wednesday wins: 12, Swansea wins: 4, Draws: 9.
Last season's fixture was a 0-0 draw.
Wednesday have lost their last 4 games. They've also lost their last 4 home games.
The Owls are 22nd in the table with 18 points, Swansea are 6th with 32.
Wednesday haven't scored in their last 5 games.
Tomorrow's opposition may be without a manager but the players will still be looking to impress as I'm sure McAuley will pass on his thoughts to the new boss when he arrives. They've struggling near the bottom and will fight for everything to pick up vital points. The Swans have been struggling for goals recently which is why I think we'll only pick up the 1 point tomorrow rather than all 3. Owls 1, Swans 1.
Saturday 26th December
Reading vs Swansea City