Predicted Sheffield Wednesday line-up to face Leeds United
A buoyant Sheffield Wednesday welcome league leaders Leeds United for a potentially interesting Friday night Championship game. Jos Luhukay’s men got the better of Aston Villa away from home last week to bolster their confidence ahead of this game.
They will face a Leeds team who lost their previous game at home to Birmingham City. The Whites are on top of the table and the Owls are currently in ninth position, four points off the top. Hence, the plots and sub-plots in this game are fascinating and a Friday night game always brings something extra. It is going to be tough for both teams.
Sam Winnall and Almen Abdi are back in training but are major doubts to be involved on Friday. Meanwhile, Kieran Lee, Joost Van Aken and Jordan Thorniley are far away from a return, possibly until the international break.
Probable Sheffield Wednesday XI
Manager: Jos Luhukay
Cameron Dawson (GK)
Dawson has been a steady figure for the Owls. He is Luhukay’s first-choice and will continue to be so.
Tom Lees (RCB)
The manager went back to three-man defence last week and it worked. Lees was superb on the right-hand side of the three.
Michael Hector (CB)
Last week, it was Hector’s first start for the team and he delivered an immense performance. He could be the key component at the back for the Owls.
Daniel Pudil (LCB)
The experienced defender showed his value in the game against Villa. He proved a point that he is still good enough to play games regularly.
Ashley Baker (RWB)
Switched to right wing-back, Baker did well defensively but his final ball let him down. However, the youngster was good overall.
Joey Pelupessy (CM)
After a wobbly start to the season, Pelupessy has come back stronger and made a difference in central midfield, much to the relief of Luhukay. The manager would want consistency from him.
Barry Bannan (CM)
The main man in midfield is regularly providing the goods. Bannan is one irreplaceable player in the team.
Matt Penney (LWB)
The youngster looked comfortable at left wing-back. This change in formation will help him grow as a player and get an extended run in the team.
Adam Reach (RW)
Reach was back to his best against Villa, creating chances and being a nuisance for the defenders. The manager would be needing more of the same from him.
Steven Fletcher (ST)
The experienced striker is getting back to form and is starting to be a real threat to the defenders. Scored against Villa to get back among the goals.
Marco Matias (LW)
The Portuguese is slowly getting back to his best and delivering the goods on a consistent basis now. Looks like an extended run in the side has helped him.