Predicted Sheffield Wednesday Lineup To Face Huddersfield Town
Until their final day defeat at home to Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday were the form team in this division, winning 6 in a row to confirm their play-off place.
The Owls will fancy their chances of turning over their Yorkshire rivals and getting to Wembley, especially given the Terriers’ form at the end of the regular campaign. With Sheffield United having been promoted to the Championship this season, Wednesday will be desperately keen to confirm their superiority over the Blades by reaching the Premier League. However, they could be in for a torrid time in this encounter.
Probable Sheffield Wednesday XI:
Manager: Carlos Carvalhal
GK – Keiran Westwood
The experienced ‘keeper will need to keep his wits about him on what will be a hard day for the away side.
RB – Jack Hunt
His attacking prowess may be blunt, but Hunt’s key job is keeping Huddersfield’s forward line quiet. If he does that, he would give his team a great shot at promotion.
CB – Tom Lees
Perhaps a player who will end up in the Premier League one way or the other. For now though, his challenge would be to watch the movement of Wells from Huddersfield Town.
CB – Glenn Loovens
May struggle with Huddersfield’s movement on the day but needs to be at his best. Should partner Tom Lees at the back in this all important game.
LB – Daniel Pudil
May have his work cut out on the left with Tom Smith attacking so much. Will do well to keep him quiet let, alone worry about Scannell, Brown and co.
RM – Ross Wallace
May not be as free as ideal to bomb forward down the right and could instead find himself coming inside and joining the midfield battle.
CM – Kieran Lee
Part of the crucial central midfield battle. Lee and Bannan have a good partnership and will need to be at their best.
CM – Barry Bannan
The reason why Jonathan Hogg would be so important for the home side would be because he will be tasked with stopping Bannan from threading passes and lifting balls into the area for Wednesday’s front two.Shows how vital this battle would be.
LM – Adam Reach
Will be fresh and ready to go after having been rested. Reach’s quality will be needed on the left-hand side in a well-balanced midfield.
ST – Gary Hooper
The former Celtic man still has a canny eye for goal and will accept any chance that comes his way. The issue will be attempting to win the personal battle against a tough centre-back pairing.
ST – Steven Fletcher
If Huddersfield cannot stop Bannan, Reach and Wallace from getting balls into the middle, then Fletcher’s presence will be massive. The big man will not need asking twice to finish from crosses.