Five key battles: Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United

Sheffield Wednesday play host to Newcastle United at Hillsborough in a huge Championship clash on Saturday evening.

The Owls looked nailed to cement a spot in the play-off positions following a fine run at the start of 2017, but a sequence of just one win in seven matches saw them slip out of the top six last weekend.

However, after they won 2-0 at already-relegated Rotherham United on Tuesday night, they leapfrogged Fulham to move back into sixth and manager Carlos Carvalhal will know that they must keep picking up points in order to stay there.

They certainly won’t face an easy task against the top-of-the-table Magpies though, who moved closer to securing an instant return to the Premier League as they beat Burton Albion 1-0 at St James’ Park on Wednesday night.

Rafa Benitez’s men are 10 points clear of third-placed Huddersfield Town, and a win in Yorkshire would put them on the brink of promotion.

Here are FIVE key battles that will decide the huge Championship clash…