Sheffield Wednesday are placed as 11/4 outsiders to beat Leicester City in their first game without Dave Jones whilst Burnley hope to regain the top spot with a win against Watford.
After sacking manager Dave Jones over the weekend, Sheffield Wednesday’s tough week continues as they welcome league leaders Leicester City to Hillsborough in tonight’s clash.
Wednesday have been poor this season and are second from bottom in The Championship having won just once all season and are already six points from safety.
Caretaker manager Stuart Gray will undoubtedly review the whole Owls squad ahead of the game with several changes expected to be made upfront after striker Matty Fryatt’s loan spell with the club ended at the weekend.
It means that either Jermaine Jones or Atdhe Nuhiu will start alongside Connor Wickham although Gray could switch formation following the return of winger Michail Antonio from problems with his fitness.
The Owls will certainly know that the odds will be against them having failed to beat Leicester in their last four attempts in the league.
Now seems the perfect time for Leicester to visit Hillsborough as The Foxes are on a high after moving top of the table after beating Millwall on Saturday afternoon.
Boss Nigel Pearson will likely field an unchanged squad ahead of their trip north with several key figures such as Ignasi Miquel, Matt James and Anthony Knockaert all returning to the squad over the weekend.
There could also be starts for Andy King and Liam Moore in tonight’s game as the likes of Sean St. Ledger and Tom Hopper are still out for the next couple of weeks due to injuries.
If Leicester were to slip up at Hillsborough, Burnley will certainly be looking to move back into first with a win at Turf Moor against Watford.
Burnley’s loss to Huddersfield at the weekend saw them drop to second for the first time in several weeks and are now three points behind their title rivals Leicester.
There is one major concern for boss Sean Dyche going into the tie as top striker Danny Ings is a major doubt for the tie having picked up an ankle injury on Saturday.
The Clarets will also be without Michael Duff who his suspended after getting sent off at the weekend whilst Dean Marney is also set to miss out as he continues to recover from a thigh injury.
Watford have been a little disappointing this season as the playoff contenders are currently sitting down in tenth some five points off the playoff places.
The Hornet’s boss Gianfranco Zola will have a keen eye on is squad as a virus has already torn through the squad preventing Manuel Almunia and Josh McEachran from making the trip up north.
Gabriele Angella will also be a doubt with a thigh injury as Zola continues to find a way to pick up three points after failing to win in their previous six outings.
With the top teams experiencing fluctuating form in the league, Leicester and Burnley will know that each result could have a massive impact in where they finish come the end of the season.
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