Sheffield Wednesday face Nottingham Forest tomorrow looking to bounce back from late disappointment against Derby County on Wednesday night.
The Owls are firmly in the hunt for promotion this season as the Championship play-off race remains extremely tight, with just five points separating third and 14th place in the division.
Wednesday currently sit eighth after 21 games and face a Forest side in fifth, just one point above Wednesday.
Having been in the hunt for automatic promotion places early in Monk’s tenure, they find themselves 13 points adrift after a patchy run of form. However, having been unbeaten in the last four games and picking up eight points in the process has rekindled their spirits in pursuit of consolidating their top-six spot.
Their last result was a disappointing one as a late penalty from Derby’s Chris Martin put a stop to a potential third win in a row. The Owls will certainly be looking to rectify that late costly error with a positive result against Sabri Lamouchi’s Forest side.
Here, we take a look at the side we expect Garry Monk to field at the City Ground tomorrow…
It is unlikely that Monk will deviate from the sturdy 4-4-2 formation that has brought him success and stability at Hillsborough since his arrival, with great balance and potency in the final third, built from a strong defence.
In goal will continue to be Cameron Dawson who is working well to nail down the number one spot after a string of mistakes cost Keiren Westwood his starting spot after the West Brom defeat last month. Dawson is out of contract in the summer and his performances are going some way to helping him be offered a new deal by the club.
In front of him will be the first change to the lineup, with Liam Palmer coming in at right-back, alongside Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees, and Morgan Fox. Palmer comes into the side having recently served a three-match suspension following his red card at West Brom. He comes in to replace Moses Odubajo who also received a red card, as he was dismissed for a second bookable offence against Derby on Wednesday night.
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In midfield will remain Adam Reach, Sam Hutchinson, Barry Bannan, and Kadeem Harris. These players have performed very well of late, providing some much-needed cutting edge in the final third but also hard work defensively too. Harris and Bannan have been in great form with the latter providing an assist for Wednesday’s goal at Pride Park, and Harris finding some consistency in the final third in recent weeks.
Playing up front presents the other change with Atdhe Nuhiu replacing Jordan Rhodes, alongside Steven Fletcher. The Scottish international scored against Derby and is in undroppable form at the minute as he put his goal tally to 11 for the season. Alongside him at Derby was Jordan Rhodes who had little impact on the game and didn’t offer much in the way of a focal point, which will be a key quality of Nuhiu’s against Forest’s powerful defence.