Charlton Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday: Four things to look out for when the Owls head to The Valley

Sheffield Wednesday return to Championship action with a trip to injury-ravaged Charlton Athletic tomorrow lunchtime.

By Dom Howson
Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:50 am

Owls writer Dom Howson picks out four things to look out for in the clash, which will be screened live on Sky Sports at 12:30pm.

How many personnel changes will Monk make?

Mindful of the quick turnaround time, Monk is expected to freshen up his starting XI. We already know the 40-year-old will have to make a minimum of one defensive alteration as Julian Börner is suspended after collecting five yellow cards. Skipper Tom Lees is set to replace the popular German and partner in-form Dominic Iorfa at centre-back.

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Monk has a plethora of midfield and attacking options should he elect to mix up his side, including Sam Hutchinson, Joey Pelupessy, Jacob Murphy, Atdhe Nuhiu and Fernando Forestieri.

Will Monk unleash Fernando Forestieri from the start?

Monk has so far resisted the temptation to hand Forestieri a starting spot since taking over the reins in mid-September. Instead, Forestieri has been used an impact substitute and the talismanic forward has produced bright cameos off the bench in his last two outings to give Monk a welcome selection headache.

Forestieri is a matchwinner on his day but the conundrum for Monk is where to play him. Is he best suited to playing on the left flank in a 4-1-4-1 formation or does Forestieri have to be part of a two-man attack?

Owls forward Fernando Forestieri has yet to start a league match under Garry Monk

4-5-1 or 4-4-2?

The balance of the team looked much better against Birmingham City, with Massimo Luongo and Kieran Lee supporting Steven Fletcher in attack. But will many fans get their wish and see Monk play two up front?

Can Wednesday cut out the late goals?

The Owls have not won away from Hillsborough since September 28 - a comprehensive 4-1 triumph at Middlesbrough - and have conceded late goals in each of the last four matches on the road.

Poor game management, a lack of concentration and individual defensive mistakes has seen them throw away points and slide down the table. Given the experience and quality in Wednesday's ranks, it is inexcusable and unacceptable that they are shipping in late goals with such regularity.