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Forestieri in: The Sheffield Wednesday XI that Bullen should play v Preston on Saturday

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Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping to build on a positive start to their 2019/20 league campaign when they take on Preston North End this weekend. 

The Owls are currently sat fourth in the Championship table, and come into this one off the back of a 1-0 win over newly-promoted Luton Town in midweek.

So, how can we expect Bullen’s side to line up against the Lilwhites on Saturday at Deepdale?

Find out below….

The Owls defence is likely to remain unchanged from the win over Luton Town in midweek, as they looked impressive despite the narrow win over the Hatters.

Sheffield Wednesday weren’t at their best in the win, but Lee Bullen will be pleased to see his side pick up three points, even when they aren’t at the top of their game.

Julian Borner was the standout performer in the win, and the Hillsborough faithful will be delighted with the way he has started life with the Owls.

There could be a change in midfield as Bullen looks to keep his squad fresh ahead of a busy period in the Championship fixture list, as summer signing, Massimo Luongo could come into the side to replace Sam Hutchinson.

Barry Bannan is almost certain to retain his place in the starting XI, with the Scotsman returning to the side against Luton after a brief spell out injured.

Kadeem Harris has been one of Sheffield Wednesday’s best players this season, and he’s exactly the type of player that supporters have been crying out for in previous seasons.

He brings pace a trickery to the team, and has settled into life at Hillsborough well, scoring twice goals in his four league appearances, which included the winner against Luton in midweek.

Jacob Murphy is likely to start on the other wing, and he’ll be keen to get off the mark for his new side, after joining on loan from Newcastle over the summer.

Adam Reach could potentially be rested for this one, and Bullen could be tempted to hand Fernando Forestieri a chance to impress.

The Italian has only made one appearance from the substitutes bench this season, and has had his fair share of off-the-field issues to deal with.

But he’ll be hoping to put those behind him at the earliest of opportunities and will be keen to let his football do the talking this season.

It’s set to be a closely-fought battle between the two sides at Deepdale on Saturday, but Sheffield Wednesday will go there full of confidence of keeping in touch with the promotion-chasing teams in the early stages of the Championship season.

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