Can the Owls avoid a sting from the Bees at Hillsborough?

Last updated : 04 November 2011 By Chris Morris

SheffieldWednesday will look to continue their 100% home record in League One this season when they play host to Brentford at Hillsborough.

The Owls will once again be without leading scorer Gary Madine who has been handed a further one-match suspension following his recent red card at Carlisle. That means that Ryan Lowe is likely to partner Chris O’Grady in attack and the pair will be looking to open their Hillsborough accounts having both managed to get off the mark in Wednesday colours in recent away games.

Reda Johnson is a slight doubt for the fixture due to a groin injury so Mark Reynolds could be in line to deputise having produced a solid display at left-back in Johnson’s absence in the away win at Wycombe last Saturday.

Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has hinted that he expects an aerial bombardment from the Owls and with that in mind has suggested that he is unlikely to play both of Blair Adams and Shaleum Logan who are attacking full-backs and instead may choose to go with more physical presence at the back. The former Manchester City striker has also stated that he is hoping to play an attacking game and is likely to field two strikers.

Kevin O’Connor, who has played more than 450 times for the Bees, could return in midfield having missed the last two games and striker Gary Alexander could also return to the starting line up having made a substitute appearance in last weekend’s home victory against Chesterfield.

Wednesday have won 7 out of 7 on home turf and will need to extend this run to keep the pressure on Charlton and Huddersfield at the top of the table. The Owls have lost only once in their last 8 matches.

Brentford are just 2 points outside the play-off places and have only lost 1 of their 7 away matches in the league to date with that defeat coming at Sheffield United early on in the season. They have only been defeated once in their last 6 matches though 3 of those games have ended in draws.

The Bees held the upper hand when the 2 teams met last season, winning 1-0 at home in September and 3-1 at Hillsborough in March.

Wednesday do not have a great home record against the Brentford having lost 4 of 14 games against them on home soil with 6 ending in draws.