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Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford

21 February 2017

All the info ahead of tonight's trip at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford

Tuesday 21 February
Hillsborough
Sky Bet Championship
Kick-off: 7.45pm

The Opponents

Last year's beaten Play-Off finalists took a little while to get going this season, taking just five points from their opening five matches, but now look in a strong position to book their place in the end of season shootout for the second straight year. Since their stuttering start The Owls have lost just six league games and go into tonight's meeting seven points clear of seventh-placed Norwich City, with a game in hand. Carlos Carvalhal's men are unbeaten at Hillsborough since November, winning six of those seven matches.

The Owls looked to add goals to their squad in January with the arrival of Middlesborough's Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall from Barnsley alongside Morgan Fox [Charlton Athletic] and Callum McManaman [West Bromwich Albion]. Those new faces have helped Wednesday embark on a four match winning run, both Rhodes and Winnall were on target in the 3-0 win over Birmingham City earlier this month. Carvalhal will be without Fox and Tom Lees for tonight's game while Gary Hooper remains a doubt with a muscle injury. 

The Gaffer

After almost three years away from the game, Carlos Carvalhal joined Wednesday in June 2015, and is now the fifth longest serving manager in the Championship. The 51-year-old spent the majority of his playing career as a defender with his hometown club SC Braga, making more than 100 appearances for the club. He also had spells with Porto, Beira-Mar and Tirense before retiring, aged 32.

This is Carvalhal's 15th club management job, following spells with Sporting Lisbon, CF Belenenses and SC Braga in his native Portugal. His last position was at Turkish giants Besiktas, where he acted as caretaker manager.

The Match Officials

Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant Referees: Mark Jones and Matthew McGrath
Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

Ticket news

There will be Pay on the Day at Hillsborough tonight on the Leppings Lane turnstiles from 6.30pm:

Adults (22-64) £30
Seniors (65+)/Young Person (18-21) £20
Junior (Under 17) £15
Junior (Under 11) £10

Any matchday collections can be collected from Gate 6 (next to away end) from 6.30pm.

Travel News

Click here for a travel guide on getting to Hillsborough

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: "You want to put that behind you as quick as possible"

Match Betting

Principal partners 888sport offer the latest odds on tonight's match against Wednesday. 

Brentford 16/5
Sheffield Wednesday 41/50
Draw 13/5

Join Club Sponsors 888sport today and get the best odds on a range of Brentford markets

Match Coverage

You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 7.15pm, with Mark Burridge and Simon Ratcliffe.

There will be live match updates on Twitter from 6pm.

Download the new Brentford FC app on android and iPhone and get all the coverage from Griffin Park in one place. Download for free here.


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