Sheffield Wednesday host Blackburn Rovers this evening in what is simply at this stage a must-win game for them to have any chance of surviving the drop this season.
The Owls were hit with a major setback on Saturday after they surrendered a 1-0 lead late on against ten-man Bristol City to drop two more precious points.
That leaves Darren Moore’s side in a very precarious situation where they can ill-afford to drop any more points really now if they are to somehow get themselves out of the position they are in.
Moore’s side head into the game seven points adrift of Derby County who occupy the final place above the relegation zone. They do play the Rams in their final match of the season so there could be some hope left for them if they can close the gap to within one or two points by that fixture. They will have to beat Blackburn tonight to have a chance of doing that.
The Owls cause has been helped by the fact that they have not suffered any other major injuries to their squad during their 1-1 draw against Bristol City. In fact, they are starting to get some of their players back to action now with goalkeeper Keiren Westwood having now stared their last two games following his return from a spell on the side lines.
While also against Bristol City Fisayo Dele-Bashiru made a return to the squad as he steps up his return to action from an ankle injury, he suffered against Brentford back at the end of February. While Joost van Aken was also back amongst the subs for the game against the Robins on Saturday as he steps up his recovery from a groin problem.
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Moore’s side remain without the likes of Dominic Iorfa and Cameron Dawson, while Massimo Luongo and Moses Odubajo, who have yet to return to the squad following their respective spells out of action over recent months.
Sheffield Wednesday will also be facing a difficult decision over whether to tweak the formation and maybe recall Jordan Rhodes to the starting line-up, after the forward was left on the bench for the visit of the Robins on Saturday.
Predicted Sheffield Wednesday line-up: Westwood; Hutchinson, Lees, Borner; Palmer, Bannan, Pelupessy, Reach; Paterson, Windass; Rhodes