Following on from their 2-2 draw against Cheltenham Town at the weekend, Sheffield Wednesday are set to take on Sunderland this evening in their latest League One fixture.
Speaking ahead of the match against the Black Cats, who are currently three places and six points above Wednesday in the league table, Owls boss Darren Moore revealed that defender Dominic Iorfa has a 50/50 chance of being fit to face Sunderland after picking up an ankle injury prior to the Cheltenham match.
With this in mind, here’s how we feel Wednesday could line up this evening with two changes expected.
For the defence, assuming Iorfa isn’t fully fit enough to start against Sunderland, we can see the manager sticking with the same back three that started last time out as Liam Palmer, Jack Hunt and Chey Dunkley, who grabbed himself a goal at the weekend, all feature.
For the wing-back positions, on the right-hand side, with Olamide Shodipo impressing against Cheltenham by completing three out of the four dribbles he attempted and ultimately earned himself a decent overall match rating of 7/10 according to SofaScore, we think Moore should stick with him in that position on this occasion with Marvin Johnson keeping his place on the left.
In midfield, we anticipate the boss making changes with Lewis Wing coming in for Oluwafisayo Dele-Bashiri to partner Barry Bannan in midfield.
That’s followed by Saido Berahino replacing 22-year-old Dennis Adeniran to play up close to the striker duo of Callum Paterson and Lee Gregory to see if Wednesday can replicate a similar scoreline that Rotherham United managed to secure against Lee Johnson’s side at the weekend then Sunderland were beaten 5-1.
Whether Moore goes with this exact starting XI that we have suggested or not, this is a big game for the Owls. If they manage to defeat the Black Cats and keep their unbeaten streak going, it would put them firmly in the race for promotion back to the Championship.