It may have been a Wednesday night, but it certainly wasn’t our day at the City Ground. Losing 2-1 to a side that had previously been underperforming only highlighted an ever-growing problem for Jos Luhukay’s men.
We have yet to keep a single clean-sheet in the league, and with fixtures coming thick and fast, it’s getting increasingly difficult to see where the first one will come from.
The Owls’ boss will have a lot of big decisions to make this weekend, particularly when our defensive errors could end up haunting us when we face an Aston Villa side with such a wealth of attacking talent.
Villa themselves are another side that haven’t had the brightest of starts; struggling to gain any sort of momentum and losing 4-1 to our neighbours, the Villans will be determined to give their season a metaphorical kick.
An injury sustained by Jordan Thorniley could keep him out of the side, and it’s unlikely we will see the return of any of our consistent ‘injurees’.
Palmer, Lees, Pudil, Penney
Joao, Matias, Reach
Dawson has been far from terrible this season, but with the defence struggling it may be worth shaking things up a little bit. Wildsmith has technically had the only clean-sheet of the season, though this happened in the EFL Cup against Sunderland. It’s also likely we will see the return of Palmer and Penney who seem to be the better of full-back pairings we saw in the previous two games.
Hector could get his first start, but I fully expect Daniel Pudil will start the game. In previous games, as Tom Lees’ defensive partner, he has been fairly solid with only a few errors making their way into his game.
Finally, Steven Fletcher should start after finally getting his first goal in the dying minutes of the last game. He seems to provide a much better outlet in comparison to Nuhiu, doing everything just that little bit quicker. However, it will be no surprise if we also see a further shake up to the offensive side of the pitch, as players like Reach and Joao didn’t perform at their best against Forest and added very little to the team as a whole.
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