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Thank god the Championship starts again this weekend. After the Carabao Cup in midweek, it’s nice to get back to ‘normality’ in the League, albeit to Burton Albion.. Ok, ok, I’m being a bit harsh there, they’ve got a very nice little stadium and have risen through the leagues in a very admirable way over the past ten years or so…. Anyway… Enough of that.

Wednesday travel down to Staffordshire to face the Brewers hoping to continue a recent mini run of good form AND good performances in the League which last time out brought an impressive win at Fulham. However last season’s trip down there was proof if it was needed that the test ahead of the Owls isn’t so straight forward.

The home side will need little motivation as the former manager from down the road, Nigel Clough, will no doubt have his side up for the game. That being said though, Albion haven’t had the best of starts to the season losing three of their opening four games, with their first win coming in their last home game against Birmingham City a week ago.

Wednesday….

There will be a much changed look to the side which played at the Macron Stadium in midweek, and now finally the international clearance has come through for our latest addition to the squad Frederico Venancio, could make his debut.

The Portuguese centre back is itching to start his Wednesday career and it seems he’ll get his wish against the Brewers. Glenn Loovens isn’t fit enough to come back into the side, so it would see Venancio partnering Tom Lees at the heart of the defence. Daniel Pudil could return to his more customary left back spot, with Adam Reach moving forward to left midfield.

Of course behind the defence, Keiren Westwood will return between the sticks, and there will be a more familiar look to midfield with David Jones expected to come back in alongside Barry Bannan in central midfield. There has been good news regarding Kieran Lee, but the man with the goalden touch won’t be included, although he has stepped back into full training now.

Rumours are circling about the future of Fernando Forestieri and a move away from Wednesday, and there is also a thought he may not be in the squad tomorrow… But neither have been confirmed of course. But if Jordan Rhodes isn’t in the side after his brace in midweek, then something needs looking at!!!

Burton….

The home side tomorrow will be without the former loanee Owl, Luke Varney, who is out injured with a hamstring problem. Also the Brewers will be missing Hope Akpan who is suspended but they could have John Mousinho and Stephen Warnock available despite the pair carrying knocks. Also Matty Lund is in a similar position to the previously mentioned pair, a late fitness test will depend if the midfielder is in with a shout of featuring for Clough’s side.

They will have Joe Mason available though, the on loan Wolves player could be in line to make his debut for Albion against the Owls.

Some Stats V Burton…

Wednesday and Burton have previously played twice, last season. That’s the whole record in competitive games! We of course were thumped at the Pirelli Stadium last season, 3-1, whilst the away side picked up a point at Hillsborough. Not. Good.

Also, whilst we’re on a ‘cheery theme’ Burton scored more goals against us than any other side last season apparently, according to the BBC.

Last time out at the Pirelli Stadium….





Final thoughts…

The pressure is on the manager, after the midweek loss to Bolton many fans took to the internet and the power of their touchscreen phones to declare the world came to an end. But I think if we were to get a healthy win tomorrow it would help, as much as I want us to spank every side, every week, we know it doesn’t happen that way but Carlos needs it. The lions are at the door.

Performances in the last three league games have been overall, good, we’ve not lost in those games either. Battling back from behind twice to then winning at Fulham, which is no mean feat. So it’s not ALL bad. I think.

Will we win? I hope so. And you know me.. I rarely predict otherwise… Ok, call me a happy clapper… although I’m not that happy at the moment.

Prediction.

A narrow Wednesday win.

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