Less than 72 hours after a 6 minute collapse at Ashton Gate saw the Whites drop 2 points after racing to a 2 goal lead, they are in action again and this time it’s a Yorkshire derby.

The early kick-off sees Leeds host the Owls in the days early kick off, due to being broadcast on Sky Sports. Leeds come into the clash having drawn their last 4 games, the first time they have done so since 2005, the joint club record is 5 consecutive draws. Wednesday have conceded in each of their last 6 away games, conceding 2 or more in 5 of those games, and come into the game on the back of a 1-1 draw with Reading.

Previous meetings between the two sides have been mixed, last season saw a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season, with Guiseppe Bellusci getting on the scoresheet for Leeds, while Leeds ran out 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough. In all previous meetings at Elland Road, Leeds have won 22 while the Owls have won just 8, with Leeds unbeaten in the last 3 meetings at Elland Road.

After partnering up front together and both scoring on Wednesday, it is expected that Chris Wood and Mirco Antenucci will start, while Uwe Rosler has handed his backing to Marco Silvestri after his mistake in injury time against Bristol City, and the Goalkeeper is set to keep his place in the starting line-up. Sheffield Wednesday have doubts over Keiran Westwood and Glenn Loovens, while Striker Modou Sougou could be handed his first start of the season.

Key Players:

Leeds United – Mirco Antenucci. Last season’s top scorer has started the season in fine form, scoring twice and laying on 2 assists, as well as winning the penalty he converted on Wednesday night. He offered valuable support for Chris Wood and has given Uwe Rosler a lot to contemplate this season in terms of tactics and formation. The Italian striker has begun the season with determination and hunger after seeing his place under threat with the purchase of Wood, and could be key to unlocking the door against Sheffield Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday – Lewis McGugan. The former Forest attacking midfielder has the ability to dictate the tempo of a game, to score any type of goal, as his goal of the season from 35 yards a couple of seasons back demonstrates. His inconsistency and tracking back are weaknesses but on his day he is one of the best players in the Championship and will look to expose the gap between midfield and defensive, meaning Tom Adeyemi will be key in his defensive duties.

A win for either side could kick-start their season, particularly for Leeds as 3 draws so far hasn’t been the worst start, but another game without a win and it feels like the season hasn’t really gotten going yet, a win would restore confidence around LS11. Meetings in the past have been physical and there have been some notable incidents, not many of them remembered fondly by Leeds fans, so a win would go some way to erase those painful memories.

  • prya

    ?////????????? is the result?

  • spellz

    I am hearing the Foriestieri deal is done, any one shed any light?

  • Scally Lad

    Another sad day walking through the gates from a silent Elland Road after failing to prevail against the Wendys. Where is our offence? Twenty shots and nineteen misses against a side that has surrendered multiple goals in all but one of its matches this season?! Early days to be sure, but with performances like this against relegation fodder, we’re taking on too much water to support confidence in sailing to a top six finish.