Sheffield Wednesday v Stoke preview
Last Updated: 14/09/18 12:07pm
Sheffield Wednesday will be without forward Fernando Forestieri for the clash with Stoke after he was handed a three-match ban for his part in a brawl in a pre-season game against Mansfield.
Striker Gary Hooper also misses out despite making his long-awaited return from a hip injury in an Under-23s game on Monday. Fellow long-term absentee Kieran Lee also featured in that 2-1 win against Colchester but only managed 16 minutes after sustaining a knee injury.
Owls boss Jos Luhukay will wait until Friday to make decisions on the four players who recently returned from international duty but confirmed they are all fully fit.
Stoke are without James McClean after he broke his arm while on international duty. The Republic of Ireland winger suffered the injury in training before last week's defeat to Wales and faces a spell on the sidelines.
The Potters will be able to call on winger Tom Ince following his recovery from a hamstring injury, but Sam Clucas remains sidelined. Midfielder Ryan Woods could make his full debut after coming off the bench in the second half of the 2-1 defeat to West Brom before the international break.
Sheffield Wednesday are winless in four home matches against Stoke in all competitions (D3 L1) since winning 3-1 in the League Cup in September 1999.
Stoke won their last meeting with Sheffield Wednesday, winning 2-0 in the League Cup in December 2015.
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has completed more passes than any other Championship player this season (324).
Stoke defender Erik Pieters has scored in each of his last two away league matches having not scored in his first 85 league games on the road for the Potters.
Sheffield Wednesday are looking to win four consecutive league games for the first time since April 2017 (six in a row).
Stoke manager Gary Rowett has won just one of his last 13 away matches in all competitions (D6 L6).
Sheffield Wednesday are another side that are on a bit of an upturn. Three wins in a row have shot the Owls into the top half of the table and for the first time in a long time they are looking up rather than down.
Stoke simply cannot get going. They finally got their first win on the board and then followed that up immediately with a meek defeat at West Brom. I'm going to have to go with the form book here and say home win.
David Prutton predicts: 3-1 (25/1 with Sky Bet)