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‘Go for it’, ‘Anything but 4-4-2’ – How does Jos Luhukay have to setup for Sheffield derby?

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Sheffield Wednesday will be looking for revenge this Friday night when they take on bitter rivals Sheffield United in the Steel City derby.

The Blades ran out 4-2 winners back in October in what was a disastrous day for the blue and white half of the city.

It also saw the pressure ramped up on manager Carlos Carvalhal who really lost a lot of fans after that result.

Eventually, he was sacked and replacement Jos Luhukay will take charge of his first game this Friday night.

Having managed several big clubs in Germany he will be well aware of what passionate derby games are like and will want his team to follow his instructions.

As it’s his first game, nobody is sure how the Owls will setup and the Dutch manager hasn’t been helped by the severe injury crisis that has hit the team.

But, which formation and tactics should Luhukay use at Bramall Lane?

We take a look…

George Dagless

Anything but 4-4-2 will be a start.

I think the Owls should look to go with a 4-3-3 that can hit the Blades on the break.

Whether Luhukay feels he has the tools to do that remains to be seen but the Owls need to shake it up.

Alfie Burns

Compact – ditch the 4-4-2 Carvalhal had faith in and flood the midfield with bodies.

Sheffield United will have a three-man midfield, and the Owls need to match that this weekend, which will help them get a grip of the game.

Luhukay should go for a 4-2-3-1 or 4-5-1 formation and look to hit the Blades on the counter.

If he does that, I think the Owls have a chance, if he sticks with a rigid 4-4-2, we could see a repeat of the result at Hillsborough.

Sam Preston

He has to go for it. It’s essentially a free hit for his first game.

The fans will just be looking for Wednesday to show fight, desire and a goal threat so there is no point sitting back and trying to play it cagey.

If Wednesday strike first, it could shake United’s confidence but if they sit back, the weight of pressure and the noise of the crowd is likely to tell in the end.


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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