Purse poised to lead Owls in opener

Darren Purse will take the armband on his Sheffield Wednesday debut against Barnsley in Saturday's Championship opener at Hillsborough.

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The former Cardiff defender, a free summer signing, is ready to play despite only recently overcoming a fractured elbow, while fellow new recruit Tommy Miller will also be hoping to make his bow in midfield.

Akpo Sodje's injury curse continues as he is sidelined with a slight groin problem - he missed most of the last campaign with knee tendon trouble - so either Francis Jeffers or Leon Clarke will partner Marcus Tudgay up front in the South Yorkshire derby clash.

Richard Wood is expected to slot in alongside Purse in central defence, but Mark Beevers and Richard Hinds are also in the frame, while Lewis Buxton should get the nod for the right-back position ahead of Frank Simek, who is fully recovered from his long-term ankle injury.

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Championship Fixtures

Friday, 24 October 2014
19:45
Fulham v Charlton  
Saturday, 25 October 2014
12:15
Millwall v Cardiff  
15:00
Birm'ham v B'mouth  
Bolton v Brentford  
Brighton v Rotherham  
Derby v Wigan  
Ipswich v Huddsf'ld  
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Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 13 13 26
2 Watford 13 11 25
3 M'boro 13 7 23
4 Wolves 13 5 23
5 Norwich 13 10 22
6 N Forest 13 9 22
7 Charlton 13 4 22
8 B'mouth 13 6 21
9 Ipswich 13 4 20
10 Cardiff 13 2 19
11 Blackburn 13 -1 19
12 Brentford 13 -1 19
13 Sheff Wed 13 0 18
14 Rotherham 13 -3 16
15 Leeds 13 -3 16
16 Huddsf'ld 13 -6 16
17 Reading 13 -8 15
18 Millwall 13 -3 14
19 Wigan 13 -2 12
20 Brighton 13 -3 12
21 Birm'ham 13 -8 11
22 Fulham 13 -9 11
23 Bolton 13 -13 8
24 Blackpool 13 -11 6

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