Sheffield Wednesday fans are looking forward to Saturday’s match.
Live on TV on Saturday teatime, the Owls are looking to make sure of a play-off spot, whilst the Magpies are going for automatic promotion after making sure of a minimum of a play-off place on Wednesday night.
The Sheff Wed supporters have had plenty to say ahead of the game at Hillsborough.
Amongst the topics covered below are the game on Boxing Day when they won 1-0, how much Newcastle supporters can drink, Keith Stroud’s performance on Wednesday, how many tickets Newcastle fans should have got, whether a draw would be a good result for them, and the ongoing problem they are having with a reduced capacity due to South Yorkshire Police’s intervention.
Comments from Sheffield Wednesday fans via their top message board OwlsTalk:
‘Really not looking forward to Gayle , diving , cheating and moaning to the Ref all through the game , cant be doing with him, and it will take a massive personal effort not to pass my thoughts onto him.
Hope he’s not playing hes going to spoil it for me, he’s not my idea of a sportsman to put it mildly .’
‘Newcastle are one of the best teams in the league and looking like getting promoted, I personally wouldn’t be disappointed with a point but we obviously need all the points we can get at the moment.
I guess one advantage is that we are playing later because we know how all our rivals have got on. Might ease the pressure if some results go our way.’
‘Has to be 3 points for me. We did them at their place, a repeat performance would be welcome.’
‘Newcastle have picked up more points away than we have at home. On that basis a point would be a good result.’
‘Honestly I wouldn’t be annoyed if we only get 1 point.
I will be royally p….d off if we get any less than 1 though.’
‘Royally p….d if we lose to the best team in the league?
Who’re 18 points ahead of us?
Who’ve scored 22 goals more than us?
Who’ve spent more on players this season than we spent assembling our entire squad?
Managed by a guy who’s won the Champions Legaue, UEFA cup and La Liga (twice!)’
‘Newcastle are as good as it gets in this league, however not unbeatable and depending if we turn up more than their equal.
If we set up to counter their strengths, anticipate a tight game and a draw….if we actually go out to try and win, have a good chance.’
‘Newcastle have the best all-round players in the division, so defeat is always likely against them, whoever you are.
Yet they play the type of football which Carlos understands, so we have some hope. We’ll always have a chance against teams which play open, attacking football; teams who believe they can beat us without making special provision for us.’
‘A win tomorrow would be amazing, however a draw against the top of the table team would be a very good result.’
‘Newcastle have kicked on since we beat them, we haven’t really.
Carlos will say hes playing to win but honestly I expect lots of passing across the half way line.
A point will be good but Newcastle away form is too good to ignore.’
‘I’m hoping Brighton win tonight (they are away to QPR). That should make Newcastle more open as they will want to attack us for the win and hopefully suit our play better.’
‘I hate losing, even more so against fat bellied Jimmy Nail lovin inbreds like that lot!’
‘Shock horror it was Newcastle (with referee Keith Sytroud) though, any other club and nothing would have been said and everything goes back to normal…’
‘How is that owt to do with Newcastle? Total mess up with the ref.’
‘Even a 5 year old kid will know the penalty rule
Why none of his assistants or the 4th official didn’t say anything just shows how bad the standards are
Technology can’t come in soon enough.’
‘Can you imagine the 4th official tryin’ to explain it all to the fat Spanish waiter? Must have been hilarious…..
“I’m sure Mr Stroud had a good reason for doing whatever he has just done Mr Benitez ….could you now bring me the Tapas”.’
‘Everybody’s talking about a sell out v Newcastle – but what would constitute a sell out?
With their allocation reduced and areas in the home ends not permitted for sale how many tickets can physically be sold?’
Amazes me to see Prem games where rival fans are separated by two rows of stewards and a couple of empty rows but we have to have complete blocks cordoned off in a different stand?!’
‘I reckon if all tickets sell out there will be about 32,000.’
‘I was told last night It’s South Yorkshire police who restricted Newcastle allocation, we was giving them 4,500 but police didn’t want to police that many Geordies with it being a 5.30 kick off and with Newcastle fans well known for drinking far too much before games.’
‘There is still plenty of seats available just now (Wednesday morning).
I can’t see a sell out at those prices.’
‘If we had given the Geordies all the Leppings Lane end, I think we would have a full house on Saturday, but can’t see it with us in lower tier, hope to be proved wrong though.’
‘Last time they came here was Boxing Day 2009 and they had the entire Lep (minus ‘normal’ segregation).
Home attendance was pretty good too, despite our team being dreadful. It was on Sky as well.’
‘There’s quite a lot of tickets still on sale (Friday afternoon) – BUT they’re not on sale on Saturday.
No chance to pay at gate either.’