Can you believe it has almost been two months since Sheffield Wednesday were beaten in the Championship? Steve Bruce has certainly appeared to change things around for the Owls and has given some around Hillsborough the excitement of a possible late playoff charge as they sit just outside the places by six points.
The club’s last defeat came on 12 January and their only one for the last 13 Championship matches and will take on a Derby County side that have been struggling for form as of late, although Frank Lampard’s side did return to winning ways in midweek.
However, Wednesday do not have the best of records at Pride Park, with their last win at the stadium taking place over a decade ago (2006) and Bruce will be without key men for the trip on Saturday.
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According to a match preview by the club’s official website, Sheffield Wednesday will be without Fernando Forestieri and Achraf Lazaar for the trip to Derby.
Forestieri picked up a hamstring injury in their midweek draw against Sheffield United in the Sheffield derby, whilst Lazaar has been ruled out with a similar injury he picked up a couple of weeks ago.
To make matters worse, Lucas Joao is also a concern as he struggles to overcome a knee problem, which could see Steven Fletcher continue in his role of leading the line.
Sheffield Wednesday’s incredible form is certainly something to be extremely proud of, however, nothing but a win against Derby on Saturday will count for much as they look to keep their aims of an unlikely promotion bid alive.
Although their record at Pride Park is poor, Bruce could be the man to finally break that unwanted record as he has finally brought some stability and consistency to the side which is something Lampard’s is currently lacking.
Forestieri’s absence will come as a blow to Sheffield Wednesday as he has the ability to be a key player for the Owls, however, this season has been a frustrating one for the attacker as he has been blighted with injuries.
The Argentine-Italian has shown he possesses the skill to find the back of the net on a regular basis in recent seasons, but with suspensions and knocks taking their effect on his campaign, he has largely been ineffective at times.
But, it must be said that Fletcher appears to have found some form recently for Bruce’s side, as the Scotland international has three goals in his last three outings, including an impressive brace against Bristol City.
If the 31-year-old can continue with that fine form, there is no reason as to why a playoff spot could become a reality for Sheffield Wednesday at the end of the season.
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