Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 01/10/17 12:12pm
Sheffield Wednesday trio Glenn Loovens, Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi remain doubtful for Sunday's home game against Leeds United, live on Sky Sports Football from 12pm.
All three players returned to training this week, but the Yorkshire derby could come too soon. Loovens (hip) and Hutchinson (knee) have been restricted to two league appearances this season, while Abdi (knee and abductor) has featured in just one.
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Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is unlikely to return as he nurses a fractured a rib, so Joe Wildsmith will continue to deputise. Forward Fernando Forestieri (knee) and winger George Boyd (shoulder) are both in rehabilitation following respective surgery.
Leeds will be without suspended skipper Liam Cooper following his dismissal in the midweek defeat at Cardiff. Cooper will sit out a one-game ban so Matthew Pennington could make his second league start since joining on loan from Everton in the summer.
Head coach Thomas Christiansen has no new injury concerns, with striker Caleb Ekuban (foot) still the only absentee. Midfielders Eunan O'Kane and Samuel Saiz, defender Vurnon Anita, plus striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga will all return to contention after being left out of the starting line-up on Tuesday night.
The Owls have only won one of their last six league games against Leeds (D2 L3) since beating them 6-0 in January 2014.
Leeds haven't won back to back league games at Hillsborough since April 2000, when they won three on the bounce.
This is the fifth league meeting between the teams on a Sunday - Leeds have won all the previous four, in January 1992 (6-1), November 1998 (2-1), April 2000 (3-0) and August 2006 (1-0).
Sheffield Wednesday haven't lost back-to-back league games at Hillsborough since April 2014.
Meanwhile, Leeds have lost their last two away games in the Championship, last losing three in a row on the road back in December 2014.
Leeds have won all six of their league games in which they've scored the first goal this season, but have lost both in which they've conceded first.
Is Carlos Carvalhal starting to feel the strain? It's been a very poor week for his side after losing the Steel City derby then giving Birmingham their first win in a long time. The pressure is on now.
Leeds, meanwhile, got battered at Cardiff in midweek and, after two away defeats in a row in the Championship, will need to learn to keep things a bit tighter on the road. But Thomas Christiansen has impressed me so far and I think they'll nick it at Hillsborough.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 with Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score first (30/1 with Sky Bet)