Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United: Big match preview

Fernando Forestieri.

Fernando Forestieri.

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Check out our at-a-glance guide to Leeds United’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillborough.

Key Battle - Barry Bannan v Liam Bridcutt

Bridcutt’s job at Leeds is to tighten up the midfield and no matter how few games he has played in pre-season, Garry Monk will surely start him at Hillsborough. United’s defence were guilty of bad errors at the same ground last term but it would help a suspect backline if Bridcutt can stop the likes of Bannan from dictating the game.

Key Man - Fernando Forestieri

What a strange week for him. His refusal to travel to Saturday’s game at Norwich City seemed to spell the end of his time at Hillsborough but what followed was a mea culpa as Forestieri issued a grovelling apology to Sheffield Wednesday, their players and their supporters - and insisted that he did not want to leave. There might be more to come on this one but for now a very dangerous forward remains at Carlos Carvalhal’s disposal.

Last time at Hillsborough:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Leeds United 0

Goals: Sheffield Wednesday - Hooper 47, 50.

Phil Hay’s view: “Wednesday are shaping up for another promotion tilt and they were very strong at their own ground last season. With a few notable exceptions, these derbies are usually tight and closely fought but Leeds cannot afford a repeat of the mistakes they made at Hillsborough last season, or the errors they have made in the opening two weeks of this campaign. Any more of those and Wednesday’s frontline will punish them.”

Match Odds:

Home win - 5/6

Draw - 13/5

Away win - 19/5

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