Sheffield Wednesday head to Elland Road to renew their Yorkshire rivalry on Saturday lunchtime, in front of a live TV audience
LEEDS UNITED (4-4-2): Silvestri; Wootton, Bamba, Bellusci, Taylor; Byram, Phillips, Adeyemi, Dallas; Antenucci, Wood.
OWLS (4-2-3-1): Price; Hunt, Lees, Loovens or Sasso, Wiggins; Hutchinson or Semedo, Lopez; Wallace, McGugan, Matias; Nuhiu or Joao.
Man in the middle
The Premier League official has dished out seven cautions and one red card in the two matches he has taken charge of this season. Based in Cheshire, Jones began refereeing in the Football League in 1997 and was promoted seven years ago to the list of Select Group Referees. Jones was the subject of controversy last November after wrongly showing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero a yellow card for diving in their victory over Southampton.
It is the third year in a row Wednesday’s clash at Elland Road will be broadcast on Sky Sports. The last two encounters in West Yorkshire have finished one apiece, with the Owls taking the lead on both occasions. You have to go back to 2007 for the last time the Owls triumphed at Leeds, edging a thrilling derby 3-2. In their last meeting, the Whites came-from-behind to win 2-1 at Hillsborough in the penultimate fixture of the 2014/15 campaign after second half strikes by Charlie Taylor and Steve Morison. It was one of Wednesday’s poorest home performances of the season but the result ended Leeds’ five-match losing streak. In the head-to-head record, Leeds hold the upperhand, emerging victorious in 36 out of the 89 tussles.
One to watch
Leeds made a big statement of intent in the transfer market by capturing Chris Wood in the summer for a fee which will rise to £3m from Leicester City. The New Zealand international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Ipswich Town, registered scored 20 goals in 62 appearances for the Foxes after quitting West Bromwich Albion in 2013. After completing a deal for Wood, Leeds boss Uwe Rosler said: “He’s physical, strong and experienced in this league. Chris has the potential to develop and has best years in front of him.”
There were several occasions when Wednesday were linked with Wood last season. The 23-year-old striker is strong in the air and is bidding to relaunch his career at Elland Road, having struggled to hold down a regular first-team berth in the top flight. Wood opened his Leeds account in their entertaining 2-2 draw at Bristol City in midweek. He is no stranger to the division, having previously played for Birmingham City and Millwall.
Leeds 8/5 Draw 11/5 Sheffield Wednesday 7/4
Worth a punt?
Leeds have drawn all three of their games this season and another shouldn't be ruled out. You can get 100/30 on SkyBet for a 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 draw.