Sheffield Wednesday are looking to end a run of four straight league defeats later this evening.
Garry Monk’s men welcome a promotion-chasing AFC Bournemouth to Hillsborough and are in desperate need of picking up three points.
The Owls, who were slapped with a ten-point deduction during the off-season, are some 12 points from safety after just nine matches – they have it all to do if they are to secure Championship status once more.
On the other hand, following relegation from the Premier League, the Cherries find themselves third and are the only side unbeaten in the division.
So, what sort of side will the 41-year-old name this evening? Here’s our predicted XI for this encounter…
There could be as many as five changes as Monk not only looks to pick up his first win in five outings but also looks to salvage this job with pressure undoubtedly mounting.
Surprisingly, usual number one goalkeeper Cameron Dawson was dropped for Joe Wildsmith at Wycombe, but he should come back into the lineup here tonight.
The Owls can also welcome back ex-skipper Tom Lees from suspension and he goes straight into a back three alongside Dominic Iorfa and Julian Borner. It’s the first time in several matches that there are three out-and-out centre-backs playing in this formation.
On the flanks, Adam Reach keeps his place, as does Liam Palmer, who moves from a central role to the right. It means Kadeem Harris is axed at his expense.
In midfield, we could see a start handed to 20-year-old academy graduate Alex Hunt as he may get the nod over the inconsistent Joey Pelupessy (6.28 WhoScored average). He’s sure to partner Barry Bannan with Izzy Brown returning to the starting lineup for the first time since the end of September.
The £26k-per-week attacking midfield replaces Josh Windass in the number ten role.
Monk decides to keep Callum Paterson upfront, though Jack Marriott is axed for Elias Kachunga.
It means there is once again no place among the starting XI for Jordan Rhodes, Moses Odubajo or Tom Dele-Bashiru.
The likes of Massimo Luongo, Chey Dunkley, Liam Shaw and Aden Flint are all still out through injury, according to reports.
AND in other news, Monk has to axe Sheffield Wednesday flop after weekend shocker…