Sheffield Wednesday are still looking for their first victory under Tony Pulis and they may not get a better opportunity than this afternoon at Hillsborough Stadium.
There’s a genuine chance for the Owls to break their duck today as they welcome The Sky Blues to south Yorkshire – they have only won once on the road this term.
Last time out, Wednesday were well-beaten by Nottingham Forest, which moved them a whopping seven points adrift of safety heading into the festive period.
Pulis has plenty of injury concerns, so what sort of XI could we see today?
Here’s what we are predicting…
The 62-year-old could make as many as five changes.
He is expected to run the risk of starting veteran shot-stopper Keiren Westwood as he comes back into replace Joe Wildsmith between the sticks, but he will be without Joost van Aken, Julian Borner, and Massimo Luongo, as per YorkshireLive.
It means we could see a central defensive pairing of Chey Dunkley and Tom Lees, despite the latter’s costly blunder in midweek whilst both full-backs are swapped out.
Moses Odubajo is axed for Liam Palmer with Matt Penney coming in for van Aken.
We’re expecting to see skipper Barry Bannan and Joey Pelupessy keep their places in central midfield, but Liam Shaw could be dropped in favour of Callum Paterson.
Adam Reach and Kadeem Harris take their places on either flank with the final alteration coming upfront.
The struggling Josh Windass may drop to the bench in favour of Jordan Rhodes as the only other striker in the squad. He has underperformed in an Owls shirt, managing only 14 goals in 88 appearances, one of which coming this term.
He needs to rediscover his goalscoring boots if Wednesday are to stand a chance of surviving in this division.
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