Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday. Match preview

Last updated : 16 September 2017 By Michael Morris

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock could freshen up his side for Sheffield Wednesday's visit in the Sky Bet Championship.

Warnock shouldered the blame for Cardiff's first league defeat of the season at Preston in midweek after saying he decided against making changes. Danny Ward, Lee Tomlin and deadline-day signings Liam Feeney and Craig Bryson are those under consideration.

Callum Paterson will build up his fitness in an under-23 game against Burnley on Monday, the summer arrival from Hearts having yet to make his debut following knee surgery.


Wednesday quartet Steven Fletcher, Ross Wallace, Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee are all hoping to be fit. Head coach Carlos Carvalhal said all four "have a little something" to recover from following the midweek home win against Brentford.

Midfielder Sam Hutchinson (knee) and defender Glenn Loovens (hip) are still out, but hope to return to full training next week. Forward Fernando Forestieri and midfielder George Boyd will both be sidelined for several weeks after recent knee and shoulder operations respectively.

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Cardiff haven't lost a home league game against Sheffield Wednesday since April 2007, winning five and drawing two games since that defeat.

The Owls are without a clean sheet in nine league visits to Cardiff - Martin Hodge was the last goalkeeper to record a shutout in a 2-0 win in May 1984.

Neil Warnock hasn't lost a home match against Sheffield Wednesday since March 1991, when he was in charge of Notts County and lost 2-0 at Meadow Lane to an Owls side managed by Ron Atkinson; in all competitions since, he has remained unbeaten in 11 games (W5 D6).

Gary Hooper has scored in his last three league matches for Sheffield Wednesday, netting three goals; he hasn't scored in four consecutive Football League matches since February 2008 when he played for Hereford United.

Cardiff have won more points (5) from goals in the last 15 minutes of Championship games this season than any other side in the division.

Match officials:

Referee: Lee Probert
Assistants: Andy Garratt and Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Charles Breakspear.