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The Owls head to the capital for an early season match with their fellow playoff semi-finalists from last season. The Owls come off the back of an improved performance and 1-1 draw against Sunderland at Hillsborough in midweek, but must be ruing the fact they still have no league win on the board despite having arguably the best of the game against the Wearsiders.

Wednesday have conspired to concede the first goal in every game so far this season, and although they have been arguably unlucky with some decisions, most would agree that performances - although slowly improving - have for the most part not been what is expected of a team challenging for automatic promotion.

Like Wednesday, Fulham have not yet lived up to the standards of their unexpected promotion-chasing campaign last year; they are also yet to take all three points in the league, their only win coming in the Carabao Cup against lower league opposition.


Influential duo Sam Hutchinson and Glenn Loovens sat out the game against Sunderland, both with injuries picked up in the early stages of the draw against QPR; Loovens' back injury has improved through the week but Hutchinson's knee injury may take a little longer. New centre back Frederico Venancio should be available to fill any holes in defence should Carlos Carvalhal prefer Daniel Pudil to revert to left back. Fernando Forestieri is also presumably available, but may again not feature following his alleged training ground altercation with Sam Winnall.


The Cottagers will be without loanee Lucas Piazon who suffered a broken leg against L**ds in midweek, and has returned to Chelsea for treatment. Midfielders Tom Cairney and Floyd Ayité, and keeper Marcus Bettinelli are all approaching first team returns after minor knocks, however, and may feature for Fulham. Tomas Kalas is available following a one match ban, and Sheyi Ojo - a loan winger from Liverpool - may make his Fulham debut.

Last time out v. Fulham at Craven Cottage...

Wednesday's first London away day of last season saw the points shared after a 91st minute Scott Malone equaliser. The Owls had led for most of the match following Fernando Forestieri's emphatic 10th minute opener but, as so often during the campaign, were guilty of missing good chances to put the game to bed.

Some stats v. Fulham...

Saturday's game will be the 74th meeting between the two sides; Wednesday hold the head-to head advantage currently on 31 wins with 16 games finishing level. Fulham have the advantage at their West London home, however, with 20 wins in 35 matches.

Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in the last 16 against Wednesday, a 4-0 home win in December 2014.
Fulham have drawn all three league fixtures this season but have never started a season with four consecutive draws.

Sam Winnall looks to be the danger man for the Owls with three league goals in his last five appearances.
Final thoughts...

For the first time in long time we created plenty of chances against Sunderland but, as ever, need five or six good opportunities to put one away. That's simply not good enough for a team with these forwards. Wednesday need to build on the positive aspects of the last two league games, and leave the jitters in the stands - it's early days yet but the wins don't come soon there may well be big changes to be made in the dressing room. And it would also be nice to keep all our players on the pitch for most of the first half.

All that said It's my first game of the season; I predict a home win.

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Unread article 18/08/2017 at 18:52

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