Newly-appointed Sheffield Wednesday boss Tony Pulis will be hoping he can get off to the best possible start in charge of the Owls this weekend.
The former Stoke City manager took charge at Hillsborough during the international break, which comes after the club parted company with Garry Monk after a poor run of results.
Pulis will have it all to do as well, with Sheffield Wednesday currently sat 23rd in the second-tier standings after their opening 11 matches of this year’s campaign.
His first match in charge of the Owls could prove to be a tricky one as well, as they prepare to take on Preston North End at Deepdale.
Alex Neil’s men are sat 14th in the Championship table, and have lost all five of their matches on their home soil this term, which has seen them lose vital ground on the promotion-chasing pack in the early stages of this year’s campaign.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit David Prutton highlighted Preston’s recent struggles at Deepdale this term, and predicted that the game would finish 0-0 on Saturday afternoon.
“Preston can’t seem to get going at home. They have lost all five at Deepdale this campaign and appear to be suffering without fans more than anyone.
“It’s Tony Pulis time at Sheffield Wednesday, and it’s no secret at this point what he brings to a side. I am predicting a rare goalless draw, which in a way I think both teams would take.”
A win for Sheffield Wednesday could see them move out of the relegation zone, depending on whether results go their way elsewhere.
Can you score full marks on this 20-question Preston North End quiz?
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sheffield Wednesday sneak a win here.
Preston have impressed me on their travels so far this season, but they’ve been nowhere near good enough on home soil this term under the management of Alex Neil.
So the Owls will be fired up for this one with Tony Pulis in charge now, and I can see them winning by a goal or two against the Lilywhites.
Sheffield Wednesday have the quality in their squad to hurt teams, and I think Pulis is the right manager to get the best out of an underperforming group of players.