The last time we played Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park was on September 23rd last year in the League Cup and Steve McClaren’s side were beaten 1-0 in that game, with Lewis McGugan scoring the winner with just 14 minutes to play.
We are hoping we can turn the tables this time around against Wednesday, who were unlucky not to be promoted last May when they lost 1-0 to Hull City in the play-off final.
Wednesday’s Portuguese manager Carlos Carvalhal has been at the Hillsborough since June of last year and he’s done very well so far.
Carlos Carvalhal – Sheffield Wednesday manager
It’s the 16th club he has managed since starting his management career back in 1998 at Sporting de Espinho in Portugal.
This is what Carlos Carvalhal has said in the lead up to the game on Monday night:
“Newcastle is a massive club with a fantastic stadium and fantastic support from the fans.”
“We are talking about a team that has more strong points than weak points, of course; the teams at the bottom normally have more weak points than strong points, but all the time they’re a threat.”
“At the same time, they have weak points like all teams in the world and we’ll try to exploit the weak points they have.” “It will be a game with two teams that go to the pitch to win the game.”
“We will respect them because we respect all the opponents; we know they are very strong, they have very good players and a very good coach.”
“But we are Sheffield Wednesday and we can go and fight for three points.” “Let’s see.”
Wednesday are currently in 6th place in the Championship and have been moving up the table over the last couple of months.
Italian striker Fernando Forestieri is available to play after a three game suspension, but whether he will play on Monday night in still unclear.
Wednesday also have a number of injuries so it’s not clear who will be available to play against our lads on Monday night.
But one thing is certain – it will be another difficult game against the Owls.