Tony Pulis has only had a couple of games in charge of Sheffield Wednesday and he is without a win.
Of course, it was never going to be an easy task but there is no better game than a clash against his former employers Stoke to finally pick up those elusive three points.
His team go into the match off the back of a promising result against Swansea, a match they drew 1-1.
Thus, there surely won’t be much room for manoeuvre in terms of the starting XI.
We’re tipping Pulis to make two changes though, one of which is enforced.
As you can see, the Owls are set to pick a new goalkeeper on Saturday afternoon. Keiren Westwood had to be withdrawn against the Swans with a groin issue and looks likely to miss out this weekend.
Consequently, we think that Joe Wildsmith will get the nod ahead of Cameron Dawson, someone who hasn’t played since his disastrous outing against Rotherham at the back end of October.
The other change we suggest Pulis makes is up front.
The high-earning Jordan Rhodes – currently on £35k-a-week – failed to have a single shot at goal in midweek and subsequently, Elias Kachunga could be well placed to make his return to the starting XI.
Kadeem Harris is back from suspension but after the displays of Adam Reach and Callum Paterson at Swansea, will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Reach was among the goals while Paterson won a colossal 11 aerial duels in a dominating performance on the right flank.
Barry Bannan keeps his place in midfield having registered an assist only a few days ago.
Sheffield Wednesday’s defenders were fairly solid in Wales so they are unchanged there besides the goalkeeper.
With Stoke currently 8th in the table, this will be no easy fixture for Pulis and his team.
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