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Sheffield Wednesday vs. Southampton

Hillsborough

18-04-2009

3:00

Sheffield Wednesday vs Southampton

Southampton are likely to be unchanged when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Saints are on the back of a vital 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, which keeps the Hampshire side's survival hopes alive.

Mark Wotte's side are just two points off safety with just three games left.

A win tomorrow could take the Saints out of the bottom three at this crucial period of the season.



Vital Quotes:

Courtesy of Sky Sports:

'The boys showed 100 per cent commitment and are fighting for their lives,' he said.

'The players do not deserve to go down and nor do the supporters.

'We are two points from safety with three games to go and we still have Nottingham Forest to play so it is in our own hands. Three wins will keep us up.

'We go to Sheffield Wednesday next weekend and I am not scared of going there because our away form is very good.'

Sheffield Wednesday Team News:

Akpo Sodje is likely to miss out due to a recurring hamstring injury.

Brian Laws may make some changes after the disappointing 3-2 defeat at Q.P.R, by bringing in Frank Simek who didn't travel to West London.

Luke Varney will play his last match for the Owls, before returning back to Derby County as his loan will run out.

Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay

With 14 league goals this season, Tudgay is arguably the Owls player of the season.

The 26-year-old scored from the spot on Monday, and notched the late equalizer in the reverse fixture at St. Mary's.

Southampton Team News:

Mark Wotte is likely to keep Bradley Wright-Phillips and Jason Euell up top, with goal scorer on Monday, David McGoldrick remaining just behind the strikers.

Saints are still without long term absentees: Simon Gillett (knee), Wayne Thomas (knee) and Anthony Pulis (foot).

Player to watch: David McGoldrick

Having scored his 13th goal of the season on Monday, the 21-year-old is the one to watch if the Saints are to avoid the drop.

Match Facts & Stats

The Owls have the edge, having won 28 compared to Southampton's 20 in the 69 matches the two sides have played.

Ref Watch:

Mr. Robert Shoebridge (Derbyshire)

Match Prediction:

Sheffield Wednesday 0 - 2 Southampton. Wednesday have nothing to play for, and the Saints are fighting for their lives. Goals from Jason Euell and David McGoldrick will bring the three points home.

Next Fixtures:

Last two games:

Burnley (H) 25th April

Nottingham Forest (A) 3rd May






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Writer: Abe Hawken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 17 2009

Time: 6:28PM

Your Comments

Such a huge game!! It's the game of the players lives. If we win I really think we have a chance of staying up. COYR!
abesaint
Such a huge game!! It's the game of the players lives. If we win I really think we have a chance of staying up. COYR!
abesaint
You were poor against us today guys but I really wish you well for the rest of the season and I do sincerley hope the club finds a buyer and starts to move forward again.
CLIFFANDJ
You were poor against us today guys but I really wish you well for the rest of the season and I do sincerley hope the club finds a buyer and starts to move forward again.
CLIFFANDJ
nice try southampton but its down for you guys Im afraid
BIG TONY
nice try southampton but its down for you guys Im afraid
BIG TONY
Scummers going down, down, down, down, down. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
storagematt
Scummers going down, down, down, down, down. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
storagematt
ooohhh dear no fight no effort no points awful
mick66owl
ooohhh dear no fight no effort no points awful
mick66owl
Well it may have been the game of their lives but they did not know it. Relegation will be confirmed this Saturday when Burnley come needing points for the play offs.
eastneydave
Well it may have been the game of their lives but they did not know it. Relegation will be confirmed this Saturday when Burnley come needing points for the play offs.
eastneydave
Terrible. League 1 it is then...
abesaint
Terrible. League 1 it is then...
abesaint
Harrowing day out. What a terrible performance in a 'must win game'.
SaintIan
Harrowing day out. What a terrible performance in a 'must win game'.
SaintIan
 

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