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Saturday, 12 August, 2000, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Sinton eyes old club Owls
Andy Sinton
Sinton spent two seasons at Hillsborough
Wolves midfielder Andy Sinton thinks his old club Sheffield Wednesday are one of the favourites for promotion.

The two teams lock horns at Molineux on Sunday, with Sinton insisting: "There's probably ten to twelve teams that think they have a chance of going up and Sheffield Wednesday are one of them.

"The fact that they have just come out of the Premier League means they have to be one of the favourites to return at the first attempt."

Sinton, 34, spent two seasons at Hillsborough following a 2.7m move from QPR seven years ago, but didn't have the best of times in Yorkshire and joined Spurs for a cut-price 1m.

Rekindle

Then last summer he arrived at Wolves on a free transfer and is still trying to rekindle his hopes of playing in the Premiership.

He certainly believes Colin Lee's side are in with a chance this time around and thinks they can kick-off the new campaign with a win.

"I am confident Wolves can start off with three points," said the former England international. "No-one likes coming here because we are decent at home.

"But Sheffield Wednesday are still a big club and I have a lot of happy memories from my time there and made a lot of friends, although most of them have gone now. It was still disappointing to see them go down."

He added: "He said: "It's been a good pre-season though the first ten days were very, very hard - a lot harder than last year.

"There's been a lot of three and four mile runs and when you're doing them you think 'I don't need this'.

"But it's all been done with Sunday in mind. The home friendlies have been against Premiership opposition and though we lost them all, I don't think people should read too much into it."

Wolves will hand a debut to Temuri Ketsbaia after he joined from Newcastle for 900,000, but George Ndah is still struggling with injury.

Young defender Joleon Lescott could partner last season's player of the year, Frenchman Ludovic Pollet, in the heart of defence if Steve Sedgley is ruled out.

Paul Jewell will be hoping for a bright start to his Wednesday management career after a woeful last year for the Owls.

Jewell is still searching for a keeper but centre-half Ashley Westwood has joined on a month's loan from Bradford and defender Simon Grayson has been borrowed from Blackburn.

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