Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to bounce back in front of TV cameras this evening, but they’ll need to do so without their manager Darren Moore as he’ll once again be absent from the dugout.
The Owls suffered their eighth loss in ten league games on Good Friday, losing 1-0 at promotion-chasing Watford, and it leaves them in a precarious position.
Cut adrift by seven points of safety with only eight games left to play, the south Yorkshiremen must rebound in what is a crucial game for their survival hopes.
Despite not being in attendance, it’ll still be the 46-year-old making all the decisions prior to kick-off, so what sort of XI should he select? Here’s the Owls lineup we’re predicting at Hillsborough tonight…
There could be as many as three changes from Friday as the Owls have to contend with several fitness concerns too.
Joe Wildsmith is in line to continue between the sticks, with veteran shot-stopper Keiren Westwood still nursing a rib injury, whilst Wednesday could be without their defensive leader Tom Lees after he hobbled off early with a calf problem.
This game could come too soon for the 30-year-old but with the likes of Dominic Iorfa, Chey Dunkley and Joost van Aken on the treatment table, we’re likely to see Sam Hutchinson drop back into defence alongside Osaze Urhoghide and Julian Borner.
Owls skipper Barry Bannan should continue alongside Joey Pelupessy in midfield, but with Hutchinson’s switch, we may well see a rare start for Izzy Brown in a more advanced role.
The other two changes could come on the flanks after the Yorkshiremen struggled to contain a rampant Hornets side. Moore has the biggest call to make on Adam Reach, and the 28-year-old could be axed for Matt Penney, whilst Kadeem Harris returns to face his former club, in place of Callum Paterson.
It leaves Jordan Rhodes and Josh Windass to remain as a duo in the attack.
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