Wednesday’s struggling defence must contain Billy Sharp for victory

Wednesday’s struggling defence must contain Billy Sharp for victory

Going into undoubtedly their biggest game of the season, Sheffield Wednesday do not have very flattering stats to their name. 

Currently, only four teams have conceded more goals than The Owls in England’s top four leagues, whilst they are yet to keep a clean sheet this season in the Championship. These are pretty deplorable stats, and ones that do not bode well given their opposition this weekend.

Jos Luhukay’s men travel to Bramall Lane on Friday in the Sheffield Derby, with many expecting the Dutch manager to get fired should his team lose.

The most daunting proposition for The Owls this Friday is managing in-form Billy Sharp. The striker currently is the second top scorer in the Championship this season, only one goal behind leader Neal Maupay, and a nominee for Player of the Month. He is in scintillating goalscoring form, which is obviously a very bad combination with a struggling defence.

While coping with Sharp will be enough of a challenge for Luhukay’s men, they have the further disadvantage of having little or no continuity in their defence. In the club’s last five fixtures, they’ve tried out five different centre-back partnerships and even changed formation for one fixture. In those last five games, The Owls have shipped 14 goals, as Luhukay has clearly not been able to settle upon a combination that suits him.

Now they face their biggest challenge of the season, and Luhukay will surely rue his capricious nature with regards to selection, as it may be the thing that ultimately costs him his job.

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