14 July 2020 20:39
All eyes are on Hillsborough tonight for a crunch clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town. Three vital points will be up for grabs in a match crucial to shaping how the Championship survival battle looks. The Owls will be looking to complete a league double over the Terriers, having defeated their rivals 2-0 in the reverse fixture in Garry Monk's first match in charge. Buoyed after Saturday's morale-boosting win over mid-table Queens Park Rangers, Wednesday head into the Yorkshire derby in fine fettle. But the home side can ill-afford to relax with the threat of a potential points deduction still looming over the club if found guilty of an English Football League misconduct charge by an independent disciplinary commission.
Cowley is desperate to lift his troops after the dreadful 2-0 home defeat by Luton which ended a three-match unbeaten sequence. Town are also looking to end a three-game run without scoring. Sheffield Wednesday will come into this clash full of confidence after their dominant 3-0 display against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. Meanwhile, Danny Cowley's Huddersfield Town come into this one smarting from their 2-0 loss to relegation rivals Luton Town. Wednesday's victory at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium meant they are now mathematically safe from relegation, disregarding a possible points deduction that the EFL continues to dwell over with little progress.
Huddersfield however have failed to win at Hillsborough in normal time in their last 10 attempts. Connor Wickham, in his second loan spell, got the consolation goal for Wednesday that day. Garry Monk will be hoping to have Connor Wickham and Kieran Lee back at his disposal. Elsewhere, Monk has no other injury worries after the returns of Tom Lees and Josh Windass. Danny Cowley meanwhile has no fresh injury concerns, Tommy Elphick remains side-lined due to a long-term knee injury. Josh Windass will be looking to build on his good performance and goal in West London with another fine display in this one. Windass has scored three goals in six appearances in during his loan spell which has caused many Wednesdayites to call for Monk to sign him permanently in preparation for next season. Garry Monk was full of praise for Lees and Windass after their return from injury: They came in, a bit needs must because they had done minimal amount of training on Friday and then back into the game. I've watched their behaviours over the last 48 hours, and I know they're a group that care deeply and want to perform. Hoping for another forward thinking attacking stance tonight against a Huddersfield side we really should be beating. I thought we looked better defensively with Lees back, so it's good to see him starting again. Windass and Murphy need to carry on where they left off last match, hopefully they're both full of confidence and bang up for it. Danny Cowley makes three changes to his starting XI - Huddersfield Town side to face Sheffield Wednesday - Danny Cowley makes three changes - Stearman, Kachunga and Mounié start for the Terriers Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley has made three changes to his starting XI for this evening's Sky Bet Championship game against Sheffield Wednesday; 7.45pm kick-off at Hillsborough. The first of those changes comes at the back as Richard Stearman returns in place of Jon Gorenc Stanković. The others are in the attacking areas of pitch as Elias Kachunga and Steve Mounié start in place of Chris Willock and Fraizer Campbell. Collin Quaner is back on the substitutes bench and will make his 50th Huddersfield Town appearance if he comes on. Danny Cowley is also without Tommy Elphick (knee) tonight. Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Town - Danny Cowley looking for Terriers to secure safety through their own endeavours Danny Cowley says the Football League (EFL) have lessons to learn from their handling of Sheffield Wednesday's misconduct charge as he takes Huddersfield Town to Hillsborough for what will be a crucial relegation match for his side, but may or may not be for the hosts. Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley. In theory, the Owls saved themselves from relegation with Saturday's impressive 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers but their 10-point gap to safety could be wiped out when an independent commission reaches its verdict on whether the club breached Football League rules in how and when it sold their ground to owner Dejphon Chansiri, who is now leasing it back. The league table says the Terriers are two points and two places above the relegation zone, but with Wigan Athletic appealing a 12-point deduction for going into administration, their true position is impossible to assess with only eight days of the season remaining. "I genuinely think it's been hard for the EFL in unprecedented times. Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk, right, with goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith after the Owls' 3-0 win at QPR. "I don't want to be saved through the misfortune of another club that goes into administration or gets points deducted for FFP (financial fair play), that's not football for me." For a long time now, Huddersfield have been threatening to pull away from the relegation battle without doing so. Victory would take them to 50 points, Cowley's initial target for avoiding relegation although all the off-field complications, not to mention the form of some sides, makes it hard to say for sure if that will suffice. IN CONTENTION: Defender Richard Stearman could return to the Huddersfield Town line-up for Tuesday night's trip to Hillsborough Picture Tony Johnson Their cause was certainly not helped by Friday's limp 2-0 defeat at home to then-bottom-of-the-table Luton Town. It was the third game running Town failed to score in, and they have only won one of their six post-lockdown matches. Connor Wickham may return to Sheffield Wednesday's line-up for Tuesday night's Yorkshire derby with huddersfield Town at Hillsborough. I wouldn't pick anyone who I didn't think cared or had Huddersfield Town at heart. Defender Liam Palmer, midfielder Kieran Lee and striker Connor Wickham could all be available for the derby, but may face a fight for their places. Wickham and Lee trained on Friday but did not feel right to play at Loftus Road but manager Garry Monk is hoping the extra time helps. Former Sheffield United centre-back Richard Stearman has missed the last two matches after complaining of stiffness following the draw with Preston North End, but Cowley said he was "all right" ahead of tonight's game. Last six games: Sheffield Wednesday WLLLWD; Huddersfield Town LDDWLL.