Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City preview
Last Updated: 01/12/17 1:26pm
Sheffield Wednesday will be without Tom Lees for the Yorkshire derby with Hull.
The central defender suffered a thigh injury in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Reading and will play no part as the Tigers visit Hillsborough, with the length of time he will be sidelined still unknown. There are no other fresh injury concerns as his side aim to continue their six-game unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship. Fernando Forestieri, Sam Hutchinson (both knee) and George Boyd (shoulder) are out until the new year.
Hull are boosted by the return of Jon Toral and Michael Dawson. Toral has been struggling with a hamstring injury but returned to training this week and is in contention at Hillsborough.
Experienced defender Dawson has been laid low with illness, but he is also available. Abel Hernandez (Achilles), Will Keane (knee), Moses Odubajo (knee) and Ryan Mason (skull) remain long-term absentees as the Tigers aim to end a six-game winless run.
This is the first meeting between the teams since the 2016 Championship play-off final, which Hull won 1-0 with a goal from Mohamed Diame.
The Owls have only won one of their last six home league matches against Hull (D2 L3), a 1-0 win in September 2007 with the winner scored by Francis Jeffers.
Two of the Owls' last three league matches have ended goalless, as many as in their previous 65 - they haven't drawn back to back home games goalless since December 2003.
Hull have lost their last seven away matches in December in all competitions since a 3-1 win at Sunderland on Boxing Day in 2014.
Jordan Rhodes scored in all three of his Championship appearances at Hillsborough as an opposition player for Blackburn between 2013 and 2015 - for Sheffield Wednesday, he has found the net in three of his 20 league appearances (including play-offs) at Hillsborough (four goals).
Jackson Irvine scored in both league matches against Sheffield Wednesday for Burton Albion last season, scoring two goals.
Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in a while now but there have been too many draws for them lately, and they'll need to start turning those into victories if they want to get themselves into the play-offs.
There are few nicer games in the division right now than Hull at home, though, with Leonid Slutsky's side in terrible form. Their confidence must be so low after that collapse against Bristol City last week, and this is surely a banker for the Owls.
David Prutton predicts: 3-1 (12/1 with Sky Bet)