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MetiNews.Com - The Owls head to West London boosted by their destruction of Cardiff City and looking to make further inroads on their relegation rivals
Breaking News ! Sheffield Wednesday make the trip to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday with renewed belief and confidence coursing through their veins. Easter Monday's evisceration of Cardiff City was the club's biggest win at Hillsborough in more than seven years. It has breathed much-needed fresh life into their relegation battle, although there is still plenty to do yet. A trip to mid-table QPR represents an ideal opportunity, on paper at least, to continue that run of form. The R's are in the midst of a muddled sequence of results of late. They are 13 points adrift of the play-offs but 18 clear of the bottom three. Yorkshire Football App - Owls Yorkshire Live has launched a new dedicated football app to bring you the one stop shop for all Sheffield Wednesday news. Football Yorkshire brings you the latest transfer developments, live match coverage, injury updates and all the daily news from Hillsborough. You can customise the app to your own preferences and stay across everything you need to know, while joining the debate with Owls fans in our comments section. Download the app by clicking here https://smarturl.it/YorkshireFactbox Their form can be summed up perfectly by their last five matches which reads two wins, two losses and a draw. It was around a similar stage of the season in the 2019-20 campaign that the Owls travelled to Rangers looking for a late-season fillip. Although their position was nowhere near as precarious as it is this time around, Garry Monk's men were in the dark about a potential points deduction and had that uncertainty looming over them as they travelled south. What transpired on that July afternoon (the late scheduling owing to the Covid-enforced break) was a vintage performance by Wednesday. Following Project Restart Monk's side won just two of nine matches, but the 3-0 victory in West London was by far the highlight. Dominic Iorfa and Josh Windass had the visitors 2-0 ahead by half-time before Jacob Murphy's fine curled effort late on sealed a memorable away day. The win that day effectively guaranteed Wednesday's second tier status.
Wednesday's last trip to QPR saw them run out convincing 3-0 winners.
When looking back at that win it's interesting to note how much has changed at Hillsborough in so little time. There are probably just five players that will start again having done so back on July 11, 2020. Joe Wildsmith, having performed admirably in the win over Cardiff, looks a safe bet to keep the goalkeeping shirt whilst Tom Lees, Julian Börner, Barry Bannan and Windass are almost certain, fitness permitting, to keep their spots too. The other six starters from last season, for one reason or another, are not. Iorfa is out for the campaign with a long-term injury sustained earlier this season. Likewise, Moses Odubajo and Massimo Luongo are also continuing their recoveries after being hampered by injuries for large chunks of this season. Of the other three starters that day, Alessio da Cruz is now plying his trade in the Netherlands, Kadeem Harris can't force his way into the side and Alex Hunt has been restricted to just 60 minutes of Championship action this season.
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Of the four subs used that day, Joey Pelupessy and Liam Shaw are still very much in the mix although the latter is destined to join Glasgow Celtic at the end of the season. The other two, Atdhe Nuhiu and Murphy, are no longer at the club and currently reside in Cyprus and Newcastle. Whilst it can hardly be described as a completely brand new squad compared to the one that last ventured to QPR last season, the turnover of players represents just how much has changed at Wednesday in a season like no other. One thing they will be hoping to replicate however, is the end result. Owls' team that faced QPR in July 2020: Wildsmith, Iorfa, Lees (Shaw), Börner, Odubajo, Hunt (Pelupessy), Bannan, Luongo, Harris, Windass (Nuhiu), Da Cruz (Murphy).
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