Sheffield Wednesday are on the slide as they prepare to face an in-form Millwall side at Hillsborough this weekend.
Five defeats in the last six matches has seen the Owls bow out from the play-off picture and now sit five points adrift of sixth spot. Garry Monk has some work to do if he is to get his side back in contention though Gary Rowett’s Lions will be tough opposition.
The mid-week defeat at Leeds aside, Millwall have been in great form losing only one of their previous 13 Championship matches prior to the loss at Elland Road. They are now within three points of the play-off pack and will be confident as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Read on for previews, predictions and possible XIs ahead of an important fixture in the second tier:
When is Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall and where can I watch live?
Competition: EFL Championship
Venue: Hillsborough, Sheffield
Date: Saturday, 01 February 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): This game will not be shown live in the UK.
Last five meetings: Sheffield Wednesday v Millwall
31 October 2018: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Millwall (EFL Championship)
20 February 2018: Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)
22 August 2018: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Millwall (EFL Championship)
12 February 2019: Millwall 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)
17 August 2019: Millwall 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)
Aggregate Score: Sheffield Wednesday (LDWLW) 5-5 Millwall (WDLWL)
Ones to watch
Sheffield Wednesday: Adam Reach
With Steven Fletcher injured, even more pressure will be dropped on the shoulders of Adam Reach. The wideman has struggled to match last season’s goal tally of eight, netting only once this season, but he still has the ability to be a game-changer for Garry Monk’s out-of-form Owls.
If he can pick up some of the slack while Fletcher recovers to full fitness, Wednesday need not give up on their top-six hopes just yet.
Key stat: Only Barry Bannan (7) has bagged more assists for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship this season than Adam Reach (6).
Millwall: Jed Wallace
Jed Wallace has been outstanding for the Lions this season. The midfielder has netted 10 times already and continues to be the player driving the excellent form.
Although Millwall are an excellent team rather than relying on individuals, Wallace is a star turn who is badly missed when unavailable.
Key stat: Jed Wallace has been directly involved in 19 goals (10 goals, nine assists) in the Championship for Millwall this season, at least eight more than any of his teammates.
Sheffield Wednesday remain without 12-goal top-scorer Steven Fletcher as they prepare to host Millwall. The striker picked up a knee injury against Brighton in the FA Cup that could see him miss up to 10 weeks of action.
The Yorkshire club will also be without the suspended Massimo Luongo and the injured Fernando Forestieri. Sam Hutchinson and Tom Lees could also miss out.
Predicted XI: Dawson; Odubajo, Iorfa, Borner, Fox; Murphy, Pelupessy, Bannan, Harris; Winnall, Nuhiu.
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Millwall will be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding, but Bialkowski will continue between the sticks while Ben Thompson is also out with an injury.
The only other doubt is midfielder Ryan Leonard who is unlikely to return to fitness in time for the trip to Hillsborough.
Predicted XI: Bialkowski; Hutchinson, Pearce, Cooper; Romeo, Molumby, Woods, M. Wallace; J. Wallace, Bodvarsson; Bradshaw
With Millwall in brilliant form and Wednesday in quite the opposite, this could be a long afternoon for the Owls. Garry Monk’s side have looked lost since Steven Fletcher picked up his injury and the form has seen them slip down the table.
Gary Rowett has done a tremendous job since arriving in South London, and he can be proud of what he has achieved without the spending power available to some of his rivals.
The Lions should continue to roar this weekend while the Owls have been temporarily grounded.