Predicted Sheffield Wednesday XI to face Stoke City in the Championship
Sheffield Wednesday have made a sizable progress in the league by winning the last three games before the international break. So the momentum is with Jos Luhukay’s men, who play Stoke City at home this weekend.
Coming after the break, the Owls just need to make sure the impetus continues on Saturday. The manager should be wary of the fact that Stoke won’t be easy customers at all. Expect a good game overall at the Hillsborough Stadium.
Fernando Forestieri is suspended, while Almen Abdi, Kieran Lee and Gary Hooper remain on the sidelines. Don’t be surprised if Academy graduate Matthew Penney starts at left-back ahead of Morgan Fox. The former had a good game last time around against Reading.
Probable Sheffield Wednesday XI
Manager: Jos Luhukay
Cameron Dawson (GK)
The goalkeeper has been the number one so far and Luhukay should start him in goal.
Liam Palmer (RB)
Palmer has been good in the last three or four games. The fans will be hoping that the player retains the form he picked up before the break.
Jordan Thorniley (CB)
The centre-back pairing has been solid. Thorniley is at the heart of it all and should start the game.
Tom Lees (CB)
The captain has stepped up to the plate in the previous games alongside Thorniley, much to the delight of the fans.
Matthew Penney (LB)
The academy graduate was good against Reading and so he may get a chance ahead of Morgan Fox.
Joey Pelupessy (CM)
Despite starting the season in a low-key manner, Pelupessy has been good lately.
Barry Bannan (CM)
Signed a new contract before the break in a bid to be the main man for the Owls in midfield. Expect him to play a big role this season.
Lucas Joao (LW)
Joao has been a live-wire in the attack. Scored a good goal against Reading and looked threatening.
Adam Reach (CAM)
Reach is now playing in an advanced midfield role and is revelling. Scored and assisted in the last game to justify his inclusion there.
Marco Matias (RW)
The one player who may have to up his game to another level. He has been doing alright but one may feel he does possess another gear in him.
Atdhe Nuhiu (ST)
Nuhiu has led the line well but now needs to score more goals to ensure Wednesday enjoy a good season.