Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City: Five things you might want to know

Kieran Lee in action for Sheffield Wednesday against Hull two years ago
Kieran Lee in action for Sheffield Wednesday against Hull two years ago

Sheffield Wednesday welcome Yorkshire rivals Hull City to Hillsborough on Saturday with the Owls looking to stretch their unbeaten run to six in all competitions.

Here are five things you might want to know about this encounter...

Wednesday's record on TV is rubbish

It's becoming well-documented but it's probably about time the Owls started turning it on in front of the cameras. As Dom Howson points out in his column this week, four wins from 16 since gaining promotion is a poor record and although having SKY cameras in place shouldn't really change the mindset of the players - they'll quite obviously want to win regardless - from the club's point of view it'd be good to show the rest of the country just how well they're progressing.

Only two Owls players remain from the starting XI when Wednesday last played Hull City

As a measure of how much change there has been at Hillsborough in the past couple of years, from the team which lined out against Hull the last time the sides met, just two Owls player remain...Kieran Lee and Jeremy Helan. That was in January 2013, with Wednesday winning 3-1, thanks to goals from Reda Johnson, Michail Antonio and an own goal from Eldin Jakupovic. Robert Koren scored for the Tigers. While Lee and Helan are the last starters still at Hillsborough, Jose Semedo did come on as a second half substitute, replacing Rhys McCabe.

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An Owls legend has fond memories of this fixture

Hillsborough hero David Hirst notched up four goals against the Tigers in a 5-1 demolition in September 1990. Hirst's hat-trick clincher was a stunning solo effort on a day Wednesday ran riot at the beginning of a season that would end with promotion and a League Cup final success over Manchester United.

Wednesday are winning the head-to-head battle

Hull City may have dabbled in the Premier League far more recent than Wednesday but the head-to-head record between the sides has the Owls comfortably in front. In all, Wednesday have won 20, lost 11 and drawn 16.

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Carlos Carvalhal's men will have to break a tough backline

Hull City may not score too many goals - their 13 in the Championship is the lowest of the top six - but they don't concede too many either. Along with Derby, Middlesbrough and Reading, Steve Bruce's side have conceded the least amount of goals in the division, having shipped just seven in 10 games. Wednesday have let in double that amount.

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