Predicted Sheffield Wednesday line-up to face Middlesbrough
An in-form Sheffield Wednesday welcome another in-form team Middlesbrough to the Hillsborough Stadium for a Friday night game. The home team are unbeaten in the last four league games, meanwhile, the away team lost their previous game but are in good shape overall. It is a battle of sixth versus fourth in the table, hence, expect a tight affair.
Jos Luhukay’s men began the season in a twitchy manner but are regaining form and control. Therefore, they will be coming into this game with confidence. Being at home, the Owls may also fancy taking the game to Boro.
Almen Abdi is back in training and might be considered for the squad on Friday. Barry Bannan and Marco Matias are most certainly out for this game. Joost van Aken, Kieran Lee and Garry Hooper are out for a few weeks.
Probable Sheffield Wednesday XI
Manager: Jos Luhukay
Cameron Dawson (GK)
The goalkeeper has been solid between the sticks for the Owls this season.
Tom Lees (RCB)
Since switching to a back-three, captain Lees has looked comfortable in the right-hand side of the defence.
Michael Hector (CB)
Hector has been in good form. Return to a back three formation has worked because he looks secure there.
Daniel Pudil (LCB)
The experience of Pudil is key to the team. The centre-back position suits him well.
Liam Palmer (RWB)
Palmer gets the freedom to move forward and influence the attack. He also tracks back when required. Hence, this 3-4-3 system is good for the player.
Josh Onomah (CM)
The youngster, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, should start this game as he did against Bristol a fortnight ago.
Joey Pelupessy (CM)
With Bannan injured, we may see Pelupessy starting in central midfield alongside Onomah.
Matt Penney (LWB)
Generally a full-back, Penney was used at left-wing against Bristol and the youngster struggled a bit. Expect him to return to left-wing back.
Lucas Joao (LW)
Scored both goals in the last game to win three points for the team. Expect him to start on Friday night.
Fernando Forestieri (ST)
The Argentine did well after coming on against Bristol. Luhukay may give him a start ahead of Steven Fletcher.
Adam Reach (RW)
Reach’s form in the past few weeks has been good. His goal against Leeds United would be remembered for years to come.