MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday look to build off a huge win over the weekend when they host Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.
Wednesday thumped Birmingham City on Saturday, 4-1, and the Owls have been on a bit of a hot streak as of late, winning three of their last five matches across all competitions. They've also won their last two matches at home, which should bolster the mood for the Owls heading into a match against a team they haven't beaten at home since December 2008.
QPR came into the season as a direct-promotion favorite after being relegated last season from the Premier League, but the R's have been in a bit of a downward spiral. Sitting in second place and the last direct-promotion spot as late as the first week of February, the R's are now in fourth place, 10 points behind Burnley in second with a match in hand because of a five-match winless streak.
The Owls' first-choice goalkeeper Chris Kirtland is questionable because of a calf injury which has caused him to miss three matches already, while defender Joe Mattlock could return from a thigh injury.
As for QPR, the R's will be without goalkeeper Rob Green because of cracked ribs. midfielders Armand Traore and Jermaine Jenas because of hamstring injuries, leading goal-scorer Charlie Austin because of a should injury, defender Danny Simpson because of a back injury and forward Andrew Johnson because of an ankle injury. Fullback Benoit Assou-Ekotto is doubtful.