A bit early but here we go... The past In the doomed 1999/2000 season I missed one home game, which was a rare victory and on that occasion it was against Sheffield Wednesday, despite only picking up a then record low number of points in the still young Premier League, 4 of the 24 points we earned were against Wednesday who were also relegated with us that summer. In the intervening 21 years our fortunes have largely diverged, Wednesday were ultimately paying for the expensive players they had brought in during the late 90s whereas Watford initially stable almost went the same way by overspending during the ITV Digital debacle, Watford survived the scare and narrowly avoided administration by Wednesday slipped down into the 3rd tier in 2003 and again in 2010; but on both occasions getting back to the Championship two years later. Since our relegation in 2000, the much larger Sheffield Wednesday have not returned to the top division now for the longest period in their history, the nearest they have been to returning was losing the 2016 Play off final against Hull, a team featuring Pudil & Forestieri who 12 months earlier had both played their part in our most recent promotion. The comparison between us is stark, the since 2000/01 season we have... Been promoted to the Premier League twice. Spent 6 seasons in the top flight. 2 other play off appearances, one final and one semi.* An FA Cup final. 3 other cup semi finals. We only finished below them once (by 1 place in 2009). * This is the only record of ours that Wednesday can match. Our last meeting was a drab 0-0 at Hillsborough on the second weekend of this season, but most Watford fans will not forget their visit to us on 2nd May 2015. Having secured promotion the previous weekend and only having a one point advantage in first place, we had to win on the final day to claim the Championship trophy. All was going to plan with a Vydra header in the first half, despite a couple of Abdi misses we looked to celebrate winning the second tier for the first time, only for some impatient 'fans' getting over the hoardings and standing around the lines caused us to lose our concentration after one person saw fit to congratulate Gomez, a scuffed equaliser meant we had to be content with second place. The present The international break can be a blessing or a curse depending on a team's fortunes, suffice to say that it could be a mixed bag for us, as we had a couple of injuries just before the Birmingham match which hopefully are healed, on the other hand we had 7 first teamers away on international duty with some still with their countries less than 48 hours before our Good Friday match with Wednesday. Our record of the last 10 matches compared to Wednesday is: W9 D0 L1 F23 A6 Pts 27 W2 D1 L7 F9 A17 Pts 7 Their two wins coming at the beginning and end of the 10 matches, the last outing was a useful 2-1 win at the in-form Barnsley. The future We are on a drive to make an immediate return to the top division and Wednesday are fighting off relegation, not helped by their 6 point deduction. If the result goes against current form it could have an effect on both clubs' seasons. For us a home win is a must if we are to maintain our promotion push, for Sheffield Wednesday they will be starting to run out of games. They played for both of us. As well as the previously mentioned Pudil and Forestieri, they also had the services of our 2013 player of the season, Almen Abdi, who transfered to Wednesday in 2016; however his injury history had caught up with him and he only played 20 times in 3 years for the Owls. They also picked up Lewis McGugan who did not have a particularly successful time with either club. The other recent link was our manager last season, Nigel Pearson was an instrumental part in Wednesday's promotion in 1991, 3rd place in 1992 and both domestic cup finals in 1993. He holds the distinction of having scored Wednesday's first ever goal in the Premier League. He kept his shin pads too My visits to Hillsborough. Yes I know it's a home game. I'm pretty sure Sheffield Wednesday is the only away ground I've been to see a league game, an FA cup game and a League Cup game. I have never seen us win there, the FA Cup 3rd round replay in 1998 when Di Canio lost his rag over a throw in earned him what must be a world record between two yellow cards (about 3 seconds), we played out a 0-0 draw only to lose out in the penalty shootout at the end. November 1999, we played out a 2-2 draw in the Premier League and in December 2001 we lost 4-0 in the League Cup QF in a very forgettable match in a largely forgettable season under Vialli.