Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday
Saturday 30 December
Griffin Park, 3pm
Sky Bet Championship
A Boxing Day win over Nottingham Forest very much rescued The Owls' December just a matter of days after sacking Carlos Carvalhal. Before that, their last win came on 4 November over Aston Villa away from home. Their record on the road is only slightly worse than their home form, having lost five away from Hillsborough but only three on home soil. They have also picked up slightly fewer points away from Sheffield this season, just 13, when compared to the 17 won in South Yorkshire.
Overall, The Owls have scored 30 goals in the Sky Bet Championship this term, right around the average of 31 in the division this season. That's split between 18 scored at home and 12 away, the most threatening presence up top coming from Gary Hooper on 10. While the rest of the squad are sharing the goals between them with Jordan Rhodes, Kieran Lee and Adam Reach the closest to Hooper with three each.
Wednesday have a number of injury concerns heading into thie last game of the 2017 calendar year. Glenn Loovens returned to the squad for the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest last week, but Kieran Lee and Barry Bannan weren't passed fit for the journey. The Owls will also be without goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, defender Jack Hunt and forward Fernando Forestieri. The former Watford man has been out for much of this season after undergoing knee surgery in September. His presence up front, and his 12 goals last season, have been sorely missed so far.
For The Bees, Josh Clarke may make a return to the lineup after Dean Smith confirmed he had taken up full training once again this week. Henrik Dalsgaard will be looking to get back into the squad as well, whether on the bench or in a playing role.
Lee Bullen took charge of the squad after the dismissal of Carvalhal last week. His first game ended in a 3-0 win, sparking rumours that he may get the call to be permanent boss if his next few games go well. Next up are Brentford, who have a bit of history with Mr Bullen. The former utility man scored for The Owls against The Bees in a 3-3 draw during a League One clash in February 2005.
The Scottish 46-year-old started his career as a striker in his homeland, before moving to a more defensive role in Australia and then Hong Kong. After a few years in Greece, he returned to Dunfermline in 2000. Sheffield Wednesday was the next stop before ending his career at Falkirk in 2011. He moved into coaching in Sheffield before rising through to ranks to Assistant Manager in 2015.
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iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm tomorrow with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live. He will be joined by Marcus Gayle and Greville Waterman.