Behind Enemy Lines: Sheffield Wednesday

AFTER a third consecutive away league win at the weekend over Birmingham, the Lions now sit closer to the play-off positions than the relegation zone.

On Tuesday night, Millwall will aim to extend their unbeaten league run to seven games against 16th-placed Sheffield Wednesday, who are five points behind Neil Harris' men.

The Owls were 2-1 winners at Hillsborough earlier in the season, but their manager that night, Carlos Carvalhal, lost his job in December, Jos Luhukay taking over.

Lucas Ball spoke to Sheffield Wednesday fan Wayne Jackson this week.

Twitter: @waynejackson84

Why do you support Sheffield Wednesday?

I've supported Sheffield Wednesday from a very young age due mainly to my dad being a big fan.

I did sway towards the red side of the city when in primary school because of the influence of a next-door neighbour. That didn't last long, though, and I've never looked back since.

What’s been your favourite season following the Owls?

That’s a difficult one. It’s a choice of two really. The first would be the 1990-91 season when we won the League Cup against Manchester United at Wembley.

The second would have to be two seasons ago under the now-departed Carlos Carvalhal for the attacking football he brought to our team and reaching the play-off final against Hull, which no one had really predicted at the start of the season.

What has changed under your new manager, if anything?

The main thing that Jos Luhukay has changed is that he's made us very hard to break down.

We've gone from a solid 4-4-2 to a 5-3-2 formation which is what most Wednesday fans were wanting before Carlos Carvalhal left.

The seven clean sheets in 10 games is a very good record for any defence.

Where do you expect Wednesday to finish?

Following a very poor start to the season, I would expect Wednesday to now finish around mid-table and look to build in the close season ready for another push for the Premier League next year.

Who will the Owls' danger men be on Tuesday?

The main threat coming from Wednesday this season has to be Adam Reach who has played every minute of every game up to now, scoring some fantastic goals in the process.

Which Millwall players will Wednesday be wary of?

Ben Marshall, a former Wednesday loanee, who most would love to have back at the club. Every transfer window there's rumours of us putting in bids for him.

What’s your predicted formation and line-up?

I think there will be changes to the team that drew 0-0 against Swansea in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the weekend. Lucas Joao will partner Jordan Rhodes upfront.

There might be a change or two in the middle of the park and Joe Wildsmith will replace Cameron Dawson in goal.



Hunt Venancio Pudil Loovens Boyd

Reach Wallace Clare

Joao Rhodes

Finally, a score prediction?

We're tough to break down and Joao is in great form at the moment, so I'm going for Millwall 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Graphic: @ShedCreative