Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has described Friday’s SkyBet Championship game against Hull City as his side’s “toughest test of the season”.
Speaking to the club’s website, Carvalhal believes Wednesday will be up against the best team in the division when the Owls face Steve Bruce’s league leaders at the KC Stadium.
He said: “They are probably the best team in the competition about everything, the quality of the players, the organisation, the coach, the time they have had with the coach and the understanding he has of the competition.
“They understand that they have a way to play, it is very clear and that is why they are in this position at the moment.”
Hull have only lost once and conceded six goals at home this term but sixth-placed Wednesday have the second-best attack in the division, having scored 50 goals in 33 league games.
With that in mind, Carvalhal thinks it has the makings for ‘an interesting game’.
The Portuguese, in his first season in charge, said: “They are one of the more compact teams of the competition, they have one of the best defences but we have one of the best attacks so it will be interesting.
“I’m not saying that we will be playing all the time in the attack, of course not, but it will be two teams with different characteristics.”
The sides drew 1-1 at Hillsborough at October when Abel Hernandez cancelled out Fernando Forestieri’s opener – and Carvalhal expects another tight contest between two good teams.
He added: “From our part we know exactly their team dynamic, we have studied them very well and I am sure my colleague at Hull has done the same.
“It will be tough for us but for them as well, I think also, because I believe they have respect for our team.”
A win would move Wednesday level on points with fifth-placed Derby, who play Wolves at Molineux in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
Hull could go four points clear at the summit before second-placed Burnley travel to Lancashire rivals Bolton the following day.