2018-19 Championship preview: Sheffield Wed

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Sheffield Wednesday.

Name: Sheffield Wednesday

Nickname: The Owls

Manager: Jos Luhukay

Stadium: Hillsborough [39,812]

Postcode: S6 1SW

Club website:  www.swfc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Leppings Lane

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 8/1

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Millwall 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday [Lee Gregory 52', Steve Morison 63'; Joey Pelupessy 42']; February 20, 2018

Last season: 15th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 59

Goals against: 60

Top league goal scorer: Atdhe Nuhiu (11)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: None

Outs: Jack Hunt [£1.7 million to Bristol City]; Glenn Loovens [free transfer to Sunderland]; Jordan Rhodes [loan to Norwich]; Jake Kean; Ross Wallace [both released]

It was a disappointing season for the Owls in 2017-18 after reaching the play-offs the previous two years, and failure to so far add to their ranks this summer could come back to haunt them.

A number of players struggled with injuries last season, and boss Jos Luhukay was reportedly restricted in who he could start towards the end of the season so as to not trigger contract various clauses, and that could be the case again. It doesn't seem to bode well that Wednesday's board have stuck with such an inexperienced manager in such a tough division.

Jack Hunt had been a consistent player for the Owls for a number of years, before he was sold to Bristol City this summer.

Losing centre-back Glenn Loovens' experience could prove to weaken their defence.

Prediction: Relegation battle

One of my bolder calls of the summer – Sheffield Wednesday will finish in the bottom five or six.

The likes of Fernando Forestieri may easily become frustrated at the lack of quality additions to the side, feeling things need to be freshened up. His injury woes last year affected Wednesday, and that could be a problem again unless the physios and sports scientists can get him on the pitch more often.

Wednesday lost 3-2 at newly-promoted Wigan on Saturday.

This season's fixtures:

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Millwall – Wednesday August 22, 2018 [Kick-off: 7.45pm]

Millwall vs Sheffield Wednesday – Tuesday February 12, 2019 [Kick-off: 7.45pm]

Image: Millwall FC