After Sheffield Wednesday endured a drubbing at the hands of QPR midweek, the last thing they would have wanted is to travel to another in-form team.
However, they travel to St Andrew’s today to face a Birmingham side that are high in confidence after a ten match unbeaten run which includes at win over league leaders Leeds at Elland Road.
What will be more disappointing for manager Jos Luhukay is the news that he will be without trusted centre-back Daniel Pudil, who has been ruled out with injury. This, however, does open the door for a return for club captain Tom Lees.
Lees was dropped for Tuesday’s shambolic display against The Rs, but will luckily find a way straight back into the team. The Owls’ fans will hope that he will come back stronger and would have learned from his omission. However, he rejoins a defence that are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and have been extraordinarily profligate. It will be his job today to spearhead a resurgence in the Wednesday defence and keep the opposition scoreless.
The glimmer of hope that Wednesday fans can take is that, while Birmingham are 11th in the league, they aren’t actually a free-scoring team. Their contests tend to be low-scoring affairs, separated by one goal usually. This is a positive that the Yorkshire side can take as they face Garry Monk’s men.
Lees and Luhukay know that a win would see The Owls leapfrog The Blues in the Championship table, as they are only one point ahead currently.