Sheffield Wednesday predicted the team’s gallery to face League One Forest Green Rovers

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore leads bottom-of-the-table Forest Green Rovers to his side on Sunday.

The Owls are looking to bounce back after seeing their five-month, 23-game unbeaten run in the league ended by promotion rivals Barnsley on Tuesday night.

A win against a winless team in 16 games would not only see Moore’s men win again, but see them usurp Plymouth at the top of the table. In terms of which side Moore chooses, he might as well shuffle his package. While Mallik Wilks is expected to be available for selection for him once again, the striker is not believed to be ready to start. That, combined with the continued absence of Josh Windass and Callum Paterson, means that Lee Gregory and Michael Smith are once again poised to lead the line at Nailsworth.

There could be a change in defense. Dominic Iorfa wasn’t alone in posting a sub-par performance in the midweek loss to Barnsley, but he could lose his place. Jack Hunt’s entry would make sense. He could go right back and allow Liam Palmer to join Aden Flint and Akin Famewo in central defence.

Marvin Johnson impressed on his return to the starting eleven and could keep Reece James on the bench as a result. In midfield, Will Vaulks and Barry Bannan pick their own, but Moore continues to search for a suitable replacement for the injured George Byers. Dennis Adeniran barely stood out midweek, while Fisayo Dele-Bashiru looked brilliant in his cameo and could have a chance early on on Sunday.

Here’s our predicted XI in the gallery below:

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The stopper had a mare for the first half of the Barnsley week, but still made a major save thereafter.

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He could return after resting for the Barnsley game in the middle of the week. It is likely that he will replace Iorfa if he gets the go-ahead.

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The long-serve defender could creep into the right side of central defense if Hunt comes on at right-back.

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He wobbled a bit at Barnsley but remains vital to the strength of this defence.

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Another whose level went down in the middle of the week but it would be hard to leave him.

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He picked up a midweek assist and will be eager to pick up where he left off after missing three games recently.

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News emerged on Friday about the skipper’s contract extension for next season. It continues to be the beating heart of this side on Wednesdays.

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The midfielder has come into his own in a big way in recent months and put on a delightful first ball which led to the Owls’ first at Barnsley.

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Impressed from the bench in midweek and saw a good scoring chance denied by some good goalkeeping. He needs a good season finale.

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Showing signs of forming a fruitful partnership with Gregory. He competed well in the last games, sacrificing himself for the benefit of the team.

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In a true purple stain with three goals in his last two starts. Guaranteed starter.


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