Sheffield Wednesday are back in Championship action this afternoon as they head to north London to face a promotion favourite in Watford.
Darren Moore’s Owls squad will be in a confident mood after picking up their first win under the current boss, defeating south Yorkshire rivals Barnsley last time out.
However, the Hornets will likely be a massive increase in quality, especially as they have won each of their last five matches, so will the 46-year-old stick with his winning formula or look to make changes?
Here’s our predicted XI, as well as the latest team and injury news from the Hillsborough camp…
There could be as many as three changes from the side which defeated the Tykes before the international break.
Veteran goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has returned to training following injury and is in line to come straight back in, replacing 25-year-old Joe Wildsmith between the sticks.
“Westy has been back in training and we’re putting him through his paces,” explained Moore, via Yorkshire Live. “The pleasing thing for him is the injury has now healed.”
The same goes for versatile midfielder Sam Hutchinson, who had been filling in at centre-back before picking up a hamstring knock prior to the Barnsley game. He is expected to return to the starting XI, with Julian Borner the likely candidate to make way. Hutchinson will partner Tom Lees and Osaze Urhoghide at the back.
The final change could come on the right flank as Kadeem Harris gets the nod over Liam Palmer at wing-back. Both he and Adam Reach offer far more attacking threat, and given the formation deployed, that’s what will be required if the Owls are to stand a chance of picking up a result at Vicarage Road.
It means the rest of the lineup remains the same, so Barry Bannan and Joey Pelupessy continue in the engine room with Callum Paterson slightly further forward, whilst Jordan Rhodes and Josh Windass are paired up top.
AND in other news, Sheffield Wednesday must move on from Jos Luhukay flop this summer…