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Matchday in feature: Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town

29 January 2022

A solitary point separates Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town – two teams eyeing a Play-Off place in the Sky Bet League One.

Our featured game of the weekend will see the promotion contenders go head-to-head.

📅 Match details

The Hillsborough Stadium, home to the Owls, will play host to a 15:00 kick-off as Sheffield Wednesday welcome their visitors from Suffolk.

Referee Darren Bond has been appointed for the fixture, alongside assistant officials Andrew Dallison and Michael George, and fourth official Andrew Kitchen.

👔 At the helm

Owls manager Darren Moore made the journey up the M1 in March last year, joining the Owls from South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers, and the 2021/22 campaign marks the 47-year-old’s first full season in charge at Hillsborough.

The Birmingham-born boss made the move into management in April 2018 with former team West Bromwich Albion, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League 20 years ago. It was following his departure from the Baggies that he arrived at the Keepmoat to take the reins of another of his former Clubs in Doncaster.

As for Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenna, four wins in five have got the new Tractor Boys' head coach off to a flying start at Portman Road with the Suffolk side mounting a promotion push under the Northern Irishman.

Manchester United’s former first-team coach hung up his boots in 2009 and took his first steps into management under Jose Mourinho as the Reds’ assistant first-team coach. It was at United that he continued his development alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and most recently, Ralf Rangnick.

🔑 Key man

Wednesday skipper Barry Bannan will remain an Owls player until 2023 after extending his stay at Hillsborough last year. With over 250 appearances under his belt since joining the Club in the summer of 2015, Bannan was handed the captain’s armband at the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign.

And the Scottish international has led by example this season, after suffering relegation from the Sky Bet Championship last term, with the Owls hoping to bounce back at the first attempt.

On loan from Queens Park Rangers for the duration of the season, Macauley Bonne returned to his hometown team Ipswich Town – where he spent six years in the Tractor Boys’ Academy before being released at the age of 14 – in the summer.

With 12 goals and three assists this season, the forward has been integral to Ipswich’s upturn in form after opening his account in the Tractor Boys’ curtain raiser against Morecambe.

📈 Form guide

Eighth position takes on ninth today, with Town sitting just above the Owls in the League One standings and five points below the Play-Off spots.

Sheffield Wednesday, who were put to the sword by Oxford United on the road last weekend, are unbeaten in their last seven on home turf, with Ipswich the latest visitors to South Yorkshire.

However, one defeat in their last seven should give the Tractor Boys a boost of confidence heading into their clash with the Owls, with back-to-back League victories against Accrington Stanley and AFC Wimbledon.

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Ipswich Town

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