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Opponent's profile - Sheffield Wednesday

22 October 2015

A brief look overview of Friday's opponents...

Rotherham United will look to build on Tuesday’s point at home to Reading when they host South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening.

After a sluggish start, Wednesday are now unbeaten in their last six league matches, scoring nine goals in the process.

Friday’s opponents have generally started games on the front foot this season and would be in sixth place in the Championship if games finished at half time.

Although Carlos Carvalhal has regularly chopped and changed his starting XI in his debut campaign with the Owls, they are likely to line up in a 4-4-1-1 formation.


Major honours
First Division: 1903, 1904, 1929, 1930

FA Cup: 1896, 1907, 1935

League Cup: 1991


League position
9th


One to watch – Kieran Lee
The versatile midfielder, who started his career at Manchester United, has finally nailed down a regular starting berth in central midfield in his fourth full season at the club.

Lee’s energy allows him to break up play in front of his defence before bursting forward to join the attack.

The 27-year-old will be Wednesday’s main playmaker from a deep position and is likely to form a central-midfield partnership with Chelsea youth graduate Sam Hutchinson.


Previous encounters
In a remarkable game at the AESSEAL New York Stadium last season, four goals were scored after the 85th minute. Jordan Bowery’s 87th minute strike seemed to have handed the Millers all three points, only for two injury-time goals from Atdhe Nuhiu and Lee to give Wednesday a dramatic 3-2 win.

The reverse fixture at Hillsborough was a less chaotic affair which ended 0-0.


Likely Lineup
Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Pudil; Wallace, Hutchinson, Lee, Bannan; Forestieri; Nuhiu


Injuries
Modou Sougou (shoulder), Michael Turner (knee), Marco Matias (groin), Alex Lopez (thigh).

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