Sheffield Wednesday may effectively be managerless at present, but they head into this afternoon’s Championship encounter in a rich vein of form – for the Owls, at least.
The South Yorkshire outfit are unbeaten in three matches and won last time out despite the sacking of Tony Pulis less than 24 hours prior to kickoff.
Caretaker boss Neil Thompson guided them to a 2-1 victory over Boro at Hillsborough Stadium, and now they host a Derby County side who too have turned their fortunes around somewhat.
But will he stick or twist with a winning side? Here’s the XI we’re predicting today…
There could be as many as three changes as Thompson may have some first-team regulars back from injury.
Between the sticks, veteran stopper Keiren Westwood should remain, though he could have a returning centre-back in front of him in Joost van Aken, who may come back in to partner Chey Dunkley and Tom Lees.
He’s a natural central defender, so it makes sense for versatile 29-year-old, Liam Palmer, to make way.
At wing-back, there could also be a return for £20k-per-week Adam Reach on the left, replacing Kadeem Harris with Moses Odubajo continuing on the right.
In midfield, the three-man engine room that dominated Boro in midweek will surely remain – Liam Shaw bagged his first goal for the Owls, whilst Joey Pelupessy and Barry Bannan pulled the strings all game.
The third and final change may be upfront as Thompson brings Jordan Rhodes into the mix. He’s not afraid to play two up top, so it would make sense for their only centre-forward to get involved.
He may replace Josh Windass, perhaps unfairly, but Calum Paterson’s strike on Tuesday earns him another shot to partner the 30-year-old frontman.