Sheffield Wednesday are looking strong at the moment with them heading to Blackburn this weekend as one of the several promotion contenders at this stage of the season.
Rovers will be wanting to get on a run of form sooner rather than later, too, but Garry Monk will have no such sympathies and will urge his Owls to take full advantage of the home side’s stuttering start.
1. A point against Leeds last time out, what did you think of that performance?
It was a great performance, I can’t really think of a player that put a foot wrong, so credit to them all. I think we edged the game and probably just about deserved to win. Both sides had their chances though, so I’m sure both sides were probably happy with a draw at the full-time whistle. At least we can take such a positive result and performance into our next game now.
2. James Beattie seems set for a coaching role at Wednesday, surely he’ll enhance Monk’s work so far?
You would hope so. He’s worked alongside Monk for a number of years now, so I think he’ll be a good addition. If Beattie arrives and he can improve and develop our strikers in any way shape or form, then I’m all for it. I think he’ll be a nice piece to the jigsaw, he’s obviously somebody that Monk trusts too.
3. Monk has said he wants to give Jordan Rhodes more game time, in your mind though can you see him getting a run of games?
Not straight away. Rhodes need to start scoring goals first and foremost, he has failed to do so thus far, so I think he will struggle to make many more appearances for Wednesday if I’m honest. We have to remember we are top-heavy in the strike force and unfortunately Rhodes has now slipped to the bottom of the pecking order. I imagine he may move on in January unless he starts firing on all cylinders, but he would have to do that sooner rather than later.
4. Blackburn up next, what are you expecting from them?
Blackburn are well drilled and a tough side to play against, especially at Ewood Park. Bradley Dack is a huge threat, but, I think Wednesday have a lot more quality throughout the squad. There’s no reason why we can’t win this tie. Rovers are capable of scoring, but I still think their back four are rather vulnerable, plus, their form is poor. Let’s hope they don’t end their bad run here.
5. Score prediction
We should be scoring goals against this Blackburn side, so, with an almost fully fit squad in forward areas, I think the Owls will win this 2-1, but it’ll be close.