Our prediction for this League 1 match:
Sheffield Wednesday will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win over Crewe when they take on Accrington at Hillsborough on Matchday 23. The Owls are determined to, at least, secure a place in the playoffs, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Accrington. Massimo Luongo continues to miss out through suspension, while Marvin Johnson and Dennis Adeniran are rated doubtful for the match.
Accrington, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bolton. The visitors are eyeing a place in the playoffs as well, but seeing that they have already suffered six defeats on the road this season, we are tempted to put our money on the Owls. John Coleman should have a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s derby. In their last meeting in the League One Sheffield Wednesday defeated Accrington 3-2.
Highlighted Player (Massimo Luongo):
Born in Sydney, Australia on September 25, 1992 Massimo Luongo attended Waverley College. In 2009 he won the championship with the team and two years later he was spotted by Tottenham Hotspur scouts. In January 2011 Luongo, whose mother is of Indonesian heritage, impressed on trial with Spurs and, as a result, he remained at White Hart Lane. However, did not see any game action for Tottenham Hotspur during his spell with the capital club.
After ending his loan spells with Ipswich Town and Swindon Town, the 176-cm-tall midfielder signed permanent deal with the Robins and you should know that he scored 10 goals in 76 appearances in the league for the club.
In 2015 he returned to London, with the Australian international joining Queens Park Rangers. Luongo scored his first goal for the Hoops in a 5-1 win over Rotherham United on March 18, 2017. The QPR footballer made his Australia debut on March 6, 2014 in a 4-3 defeat to Ecuador. In 2015 he won the AFC Asian Cup with the Socceroos.
Highlighted Team (Accrington):
Founded back in 1891 and reformed in 1968, Accrington Stanley are an English football club that compete in the League One. The original team competed in the Football League from 1921 to 1962, spending the last four seasons in Lancashire Combination.
The Accy are well known for their red home kit, whilst they wear sky blue shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The League One side play their home games at Crown Ground, the stadium which can hold up to 5,450 spectators (3,100 seated). Accrington have been playing at Crown Ground since 1970.
Listed as the all-time favourite player amongst fans, Chris Grimshaw is one of the most famous Accrington Stanley footballers. However, George Stewart is the team’s top scorer, netting 136 goals in total from 1954 to 1958. It has to be noted that the Accy have yet to represent England in European competitions.