Sheffield Wednesday make the short trip to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United this weekend as they look for another clean sheet under Steve Bruce.
1. Three clean sheets on the bounce for Wednesday under Bruce – has there been a noticeable improvement defensively?
There has been a huge improvement not only since Bruce’s arrival, but since the departure of Jos Luhukay, so credit to Agnew and Clemence also. Strangely enough, Jos put a lot of emphasis on the defence yet we had a troublesome time keeping the ball out of our net. Now there has been a dramatic turnaround, the return of Westwood between the sticks has certainly helped matters.
2. Bruce has said some big decisions need to be made in the summer – who could you see leaving?
There are plenty of players that are out of contract in the summer, unfortunately, most of those players I expect to leave, particularly the likes of Abdi and Jones to name a few. With a heavy heart, it’s time for Hooper and Lee to be shown the exit door also due to their torrid injury record. I would like to see Westwood given a new deal if only for a year and possibly Palmer at a push, as a squad player.
3. A Yorkshire derby with Rotherham is up next, what are you expecting from the Millers?
It’s getting to that stage of the season where Rotherham will be fighting for their lives. Under Warne, the Millers have a great work ethic, togetherness and they fight until the end. It will be a tough game and you never know what can happen in a derby. I do expect Rotherham to come out all guns blazing and give an extra 10%.
4. Bruce suggested he won’t play Bannan on the left any time soon – so he should be back in the middle soon. What midfield would you like to see?
Bannan should always be in a central role, he commands the middle of the park and can pick out pinpoint passes galore. Personally, I still love the thought of Bannan alongside Hutchinson, when he is fit of course. Those two are a cut above our other central midfield options in my eyes.
5. Score prediction
This is a tough fixture to predict, my heart tells me Wednesday will win 2-1 but my head knows we have been struggling for goals of late in addition to us becoming draw specialists. For that reason, my head is telling me it will be 1-1.