Sheffield Wednesday return to Championship action later this evening with three points and bragging rights on the line as well as a points deficit to overturn.
Garry Monk’s men are still in minus figures at the bottom of the table and head to local south Yorkshire rivals Rotherham tonight.
The Owls have only won once in their last seven matches in all competitions, so the 41-year-old has plenty to consider in terms of team selection, especially as he could be buoyed by the return of several key players from injury.
So, what sort of side will he select? Here’s the XI we’re predicting for this bumper encounter…
Monk could make as many as four changes for the trip to the New York Stadium.
Both Tom Lees and Dominic Iorfa are in contention for a return following a spell on the treatment table, and we expect the latter to get the nod over the former Owls skipper.
The 25-year-old come straight in for the suspended Joost van Aken, pairing Aden Flint and another returnee, Julian Borner, in a back three in front of number one shot-stopper Cameron Dawson.
Borner’s inclusion allows Moses Odubajo to revert back to his natural wing-back position and with Adam Reach sliding over to the left in a similar role, though it means that 27-year-old winger Kadeem Harris is dropped.
In midfield, Barry Bannan and Joey Pelupessy both remain in the starting lineup, but they are joined by Josh Windass, who takes centre-stage in the number ten position.
Both Elias Kachunga and Jack Marriott are dropped after drawing a blank against Luton Town at the weekend, meaning there’s a surprise return for Jordan Rhodes to partner Callum Paterson in a two-man attack.
The likes of Alex Hunt, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Liam Palmer and Izzy Brown are resigned to the bench.
AND in other news, Anonymous Owls FLOP was abysmal during Saturday’s defeat…