Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday have both started the season slowly
Saturday 19th August 2017 – KO 15:00
Fulham host Sheffield Wednesday in a game where both sides are in search of a first league win. Neither side are in good form. Fulham have had a steady start to the new season, drawing all three league games. Wednesday, on the other hand, have faired slightly less. The Owls lost to Preston North End on the opening day of the season before picking up a point in their two home games against Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland respectively.
The club announced yesterday the arrival of Rui Fonte from Sporting Clube de Braga for an undisclosed fee. Slaviša Jokanović will look for his side to exploit the fact that Wednesday have yet to keep a clean sheet in four competitive games. Lucas Piazon suffered a fractured ankle in the 0-0 draw with Leeds United and is undergoing a period of rehabilitation. Many see Fulham as a side that can attain automatic promotion. This fixture might provide the catalyst for Fulham to get their season back on track.
Wednesday have eased their defensive concerns with the arrival of defender Frederico Venancio. The 24-year-old joins The Owls on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Vitória F.C. Gary Hooper is fine form and looks set to lead the Wednesday attack. Hooper, along with Barry Bannan and Adam Reach put in a good shift in Wednesday’s second half display against Sunderland. Carlos Carvhalhal’s challenge is to motivate his team to play well for 90 minutes, something that has eluded the club this season. George Boyd has been left out of the Wednesday side, a decision justified by the manager.
“It is not about the personality or performance. “We wanted to rest George in the cup and the formation has been different in the last two games so we needed different players. We have played a diamond in midfield and you need different abilities to play there. “To play in the diamond, I think, in my opinion, we have better players to play in this system.” Carlos Carvalhal via the star
The Whites have won just one of the last six meetings between the two clubs.
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