Sheffield Wednesday head into tomorrow’s fixture against Derby County looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games under Garry Monk.
The Owls have had a somewhat patchy run of form recently and dropped away from the play-off places last month, however, their form has picked up again with back-to-back wins meaning they sit in sixth place in the Championship.
Garry Monk’s side last fell to defeat four games ago against high-flying West Brom after a late penalty but have since drawn and won twice, seeing them leapfrog Preston into the play-off places.
This season is presenting a lot of clubs with a great opportunity to break into the promotion picture with few teams showing the definite credentials to consolidate their position at the top end of the table. This gives Monk’s Owls a chance to stake a claim for promotion, despite off-pitch turmoil.
They make the trip to Pride Park to face Derby County on Wednesday night looking for their third win on the bounce to put the pressure on those above them.
Here, we take a look at the side we expect Monk to field tomorrow night…
It is expected that Monk won’t deviate much from his winning team as consistency and continuity have been a core theme in his management style in the Championship at Hillsborough and elsewhere.
The formation will be a standard 4-4-2 giving good balance between defence and attack with their solid organisation being the platform to get regular results both home and away.
In goal is expected to still be Cameron Dawson, who stepped in for Keiren Westwood in the last three games where Wednesday have not lost. Westwood made a series of errors in his run of outings, with the most recent coming in the defeat to West Brom, giving Monk no choice but to place his faith in academy product Dawson.
In defence will be Liam Palmer, Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees, and Morgan Fox. The one change to this back four is Palmer returning in the place of Moses Odubajo, as the Scottish international returns from a three-match suspension. Odubajo hasn’t done much to warrant being dropped but Palmer was in great form prior to his red card and his defensive prowess will be more beneficial to the side away from home.
The rest of the defence will remain intact, most likely, as Monk looks to continue his side’s steady run of form.
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In midfield will be Jacob Murphy, Sam Hutchinson, Barry Bannan, and Kadeem Harris. The wide men have finally began to find some consistency in their end product of late, presenting the forwards with much better chances on a regular basis. The central positions will be occupied by Hutchinson and Bannan who will look to control the middle with a blend of gritty defensive work and guile in the final third.
Up front will be the usual pairing of Steven Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhiu, with the Scottish striker netting his ninth and tenth goals of the season at the weekend. Nuhiu has proved a nuisance for all defences this season with his aerial presence and Wednesday might need that as they look to dig deep away from home.