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In opposition: Sheffield Wednesday v Peterborough United

31 October 2012

Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough United have struggled so far in the npower Championship, sitting 22nd and 21st respectively, and they go head-to-head on Saturday.

Despite sitting near the bottom, both sides come into the match off the back of a victory.

This one promises to be an interesting encounter and here, we preview the match with the help of a supporter from each club.



Name: Benjamin Harris.

Club: Sheffield Wednesday.

Number of years as a supporter: 22.

Favourite moment as a fan: If you had asked me this question this time last year, I would've said the npower League 1 Play-Off victory against Hartlepool United in May 2005. However since then, we've managed to beat our noisy neighbours to promotion after going 12 games unbeaten under new manager, Dave Jones. So, promotion to the Championship last season has to be the best moment for me.

How many games a season do you attend? 30-35.

Where do you sit? I have a season ticket in the Kop.


Name: Sam Edwards

Club: Peterborough United.

Number of years as a supporter: 14.

Favourite moment as a fan: The npower League 1 Play-Off Final at Old Trafford. We were outnumbered by Huddersfield Town fans and underdogs to end their unbeaten run and win promotion, so to win 3-0 courtesy of a hat-trick of quick-fire goals as extra-time looked inevitable was sensational. Getting the train back to Leeds afterwards with demoralised Terriers fans was risky, but worthwhile.

How many games a season do you attend? 15(ish).

Where do you sit? Stand - London Road terracing.


What happened in your last match?

BH: Last Saturday, we beat Ipswich Town 3-0 at Portman Road. This was our first win in 10 matches, our first away win of the season and our first clean sheet of this campaign.

SE: We secured our second home win of the season with a 3-0 victory against Derby County. A wonderful, Paolo Di Canio-esque strike from Michael Bostwick made it 1-0 at half-time. Second-half we missed a penalty and then defended exceptionally, and then a red card for Derby's centre-back, Jake Buxton, helped our cause. Saido Berahino's brace lifted us out of the relegation zone!

Why is this game important?

BH: I know it's too early to be calling this a six-pointer, but consistency goes a long way in the Championship, which obviously makes this a massive game for both clubs. It's important that we start building some momentum in this division and Saturday's game against Peterborough is a perfect opportunity to do so.

SE: 22nd against 21st. It's one of those matches you might look back to at the end of the season as a turning point in the relegation battle. Wednesday have just beaten bottom-club Ipswich Town, and we've won four in six. A win for either team would certainly ease the relegation worries.

How do you see this game going?

BH: Wednesday will be looking to build on the success of last weekend, and obviously Peterborough will be coming into the game with the wind in their sails having won their previous two encounters against both Derby County and Huddersfield Town. I anticipate this game being quite open and therefore fairly high scoring. Hopefully Wednesday will edge it, though.

SE: An open, attacking, entertaining encounter. I don't expect either side to sit back, and I can see plenty of goals at Hillsborough. Now I've said that, we'll record our first 0-0 in 134 League matches.

Who should we keep our eye on?

Ross Barkley.BH:

SE: Saido Berahino; a 19-year-old striker on loan from West Bromwich Albion. Scored his first two goals for Posh last weekend and looks a threat in every attack. He's quick, strong and intelligent. The lad has a bright future.

Any memories of previous encounters?

BH: My most recent memory of this fixture has to be when we lost 5-3 at London Road in February 2011. We took the lead three times in the first half, and still managed to lose the game. It was one of those days where every time they went forward, they looked like scoring, particularly after Darren Potter saw red for fouling Craig Mackail-Smith. As I left the ground, I turned to my Dad and echoed the thoughts of many Wednesdayites across the country; 'same old Wednesday'. On a brighter note, the Moyes Terrace at London Road has to be the best away end in the country, just a shame it's being redeveloped.

SE: We were in League 1 together for the 2010/11 season, after both being relegated the season before. We reversed a 2-3 half-time score to win 5-3 at London Road and then won 4-1 at Hillsborough. Great memories, and lots of goals.

Score prediction?

BH: Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 Peterborough United.

SE: First draw of the season for Posh, 2-2.

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