Sheffield Wednesday’s poor run of results continued in midweek, after they were beaten 1-0 by relegation-threatened Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
The defeat for the Owls meant that they slipped down to 12th in the Championship table, and have lost six of their last nine matches in all competitions.
But how can we expect Garry Monk’s side to line-up against Reading on Saturday, in what is a must-win game for the Owls, if they’re to stand a chance in finishing inside the top-six this term.
Find out below….
It’s likely that Monk will make some changes to his starting XI for the game against the Royals, as his side were hugely disappointing in their last game against struggling Luton Town.
Cameron Dawson is likely to retain his place in the side though, and he’ll be hoping he can pick up a much-needed clean sheet at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Monk opted to surprisingly go with five players in defence against the Hatters in midweek, but it seems highly unlikely he’ll do that again given how unsuccessful it was.
Tom Lees struggled throughout the match against Luton, and could drop out of the starting XI for this one. Dominic Iorfa and Julian Borner could be in line to make up the centre of defence, whilst youngster Osaze Urhoghide could come into the side to start at right-back, with Liam Palmer set to start at left-back.
Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee both started in the defeat to Luton Town, but are likely to retain their place in the starting XI, where they’re likely to see more of the ball against a defence-minded Reading side.
Kadeem Harris is almost certain to come back into the starting XI for this one, after being one of the only Sheffield Wednesday players to come away with any credit from the defeat to the Hatters on Wednesday.
Fernando Forestieri could be moved back into his natural attacking role on the other wing, after surprisingly being deployed as left wing back for the first time in his career against Luton.
January addition Josh Windass will make up the attacking trio playing in behind the striker, as they look to provide the ideal service going forward for Garry Monk’s side.
Connor Wickham is likely to lead the line against the Royals, as he is the better-suited option to have up-front as a lone striker ahead of the likes of Alessio Da Cruz.
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