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Fletcher returns: The Sheffield Wednesday XI we expect Monk to field against Wigan this weekend



Sheffield Wednesday tasted defeat in the Championship for the first time under Garry Monk on Tuesday night, losing 1-0 to Hull City at the KCOM Stadium.

Despite the defeat, the Owls have made an encouraging start to their new campaign and are currently ninth in the Championship table, just two points outside the play-offs.

Next up for the Owls is 19th-placed Wigan Athletic. The Latics have made a slow start to the season, although they are in decent form at the moment and have won two of their last three games.

Sheffield Wednesday will be determined to get back to winning ways following their defeat at Hull and will fancy their chances of coming away from Hillsborough with all three points.

Here is the Sheffield Wednesday team that we expect Monk to field against Wigan this weekend…

Keiren Westwood will start in goal and will be looking for his third clean sheet of the season.

Monk has kept faith with the same back four for all four of his league matches in charge so far. That means Liam Palmer will start at will start at left-back, with Moses Odubajo at right-back. Julian Börner will start alongside Dominic Iorfa at centre-back.

Moving into midfield, Monk will be forced to make one change from the defeat at Hull, with Sam Hutchinson suspended after picking up a needless yellow card at the KCOM Stadium which was his fifth so far in this year’s league campaign.

Kadeem Harris will start on the left again, with Adam Reach on the right. Barry Bannan has been very impressive in recent weeks, and is likely to start in central midfield.

With Hutchinson unavailable through suspension, it is likely that either Kieran Lee or Massimo Luongo will come into the side in midfield to partner Bannan.

Lee replaced Hutchinson off the bench against Hull and has been used more in the league than Luongo since Monk took over, so there is a good chance that he will be the player that comes into the starting XI.

Up front, Steven Fletcher has been in great form for the Owls this season and has four goals in his last five league matches.

The striker missed the defeat at Hull on Tuesday with an ankle injury although Monk has already confirmed that he is likely to return to the squad for the clash with Wigan.

If Fletcher is fit, Monk will surely look to start him, against a Wigan side who have looked a bit vulnerable defensively so far this season. This would mean Sam Winnall dropping to the bench, after he missed a couple of big chances against Hull.

Atdhe Nuhiu had a quiet game against Hull, but he is likely to keep his place in the side and start alongside Fletcher up front. The striker is without a goal in his last three matches and will be hoping to get himself on the scoresheet tomorrow.

Should Fletcher start if he's fit enough this weekend?



No, don't risk him!

No, don't risk him!

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