Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head: Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn) vs Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday)
28th November 2015

Two teams who have high hopes of making the top-six in the Championship this season come up against each other when Blackburn Rovers host Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert took over the reigns at Rovers just under a fortnight ago, and led his side to a 2-1 victory at Preston in his first game in charge last weekend.

Scoring the winning goal at Deepdale was Jordan Rhodes, who once again looks to be the Lancashire outfit’s main hope of breaking into the play-offs.

The Scotland international, who has been linked with a move to Hillsborough in the past, has scored more than 20 goals in the previous three seasons, and looks well on course to achieve the feat for a fourth successive campaign.

Meanwhile, the Owls, led by Carlos Carvalhal, have been in impressive form themselves, losing just one of their last 11 in England’s second-tier.

One of Wednesday’s stand out players this term has been their summer signing from Nacional, Lucas Joao, who has impressed with some dynamic performances up front.

Here’s how the two strikers match-up ahead of Saturday’s big game….

Jordan Rhodes
  • Club:
    Blackburn
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  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.85m
  • Birth Date:
    February 5, 1990
  • Birth Place:
    Oldham, England
  • Clubs:
    Ipswich, Oxford (loan), Rochdale (loan), Brentford (loan), Huddersfield, Blackburn
  • International:
    Scotland (13 caps, 3 goals)
what he says
"Credit has to go to my team-mates and the staff as without their assists on the field, and knowledge and training off it – none of it would be possible."
did you know
Rhodes is among an elite group of footballers born on February 5, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Carlos Tevez.
2015/16 Championship
  • Games:
    15
  • Goals:
    9
  • Assists:
    0
  • Key passes:
    10
  • Shot accuracy:
    58%
  • Pass accuracy:
    64%
  • Take ons:
    1
Lucas Joao
  • Club:
    Sheff Wed
fact file
  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.92m
  • Birth Date:
    September 4, 1993
  • Birth Place:
    Luanda, Angola
  • Clubs:
    Nacional, Mirandela (loan), Sheffield Wednesday
  • International:
    Portugal (2 caps, 0 goals)
what he says
"I feel the excitement of playing for the club. The fans are tremendous. I feel the passion and I have seen the passion.”
did you know
Joao started for Portugal on only his second appearance for his country in the 2-0 friendly win over Luxembourg earlier this month.
2015/16 Championship
  • Games:
    16
  • Goals:
    4
  • Assists:
    0
  • Key passes:
    8
  • Shot accuracy:
    38%
  • Pass accuracy:
    71%
  • Take ons:
    9
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