Championship preview: Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United key man: Jose Semedo Photo: PA

Manager: Dave Jones

Position last season: 2nd in League One

Nickname: The Owls

Ground: Hillsborough

Capacity: 39,812

Players in: Chris Kirkland (Wigan, free), Kieran Lee (Oldham, free), Joe Mattock (West Brom, free), Anthony Gardner (Crystal Palace, free), Chris Maguire (Derby, undisclosed), Diogo Amado (Uniao Leiria, free), Nejc Pecnik (CD Nacional, free), Rhys McCabe (Rangers, free)

Players out: Richard O'Donnell (Chesterfield, free), Clinton Morrison (Colchester, free), Chris Sedgwick, Jon Otsemobor, Sean Cuff and Vadaine Oliver (all released), Liam Palmer (Tranmere, loan), Ryan Lowe (MK Dons, undisclosed)

Key man: Jose Semedo (pictured) Player of the Year in League one last season, the Portuguese midfielder can dictate the pace of the game and should shine again this season.

Chances: Owls boss Dave Jones will hope that his side gets a fast start but the step up could prove too much for them, survival will be the key and if they can achieve that then next season could see them push for the top half.

ITV prediction: 18th