The fact is, it’s not so much a battle of the titans as a pub scrap between two side that look exhausted and that – in brutal honesty – probably don’t deserve their place in a Championship that in the main part looks laboured and a little bit lost under the strain of a coronavirus-squeezed season.
But it’s mightily important. Only a win for Sheffield Wednesday at Derby County tomorrow afternoon will stand them a chance of survival and even then it will take a favour from Cardiff City against a flat-on-their-feet Rotherham United side to do the business.
Wednesday could well be boosted, too, by the re-emergence of some fresh bodies. Indeed, Owls boss Darren Moore could return to play some part from the stands after his lay-off with serious illness, it was hinted by his right-hand man Jamie Smith last weekend.
Elsewhere centre-half Chey Dunkley is back in contention. He was stripped and close to coming on in the late stages of their 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Joost van Aken, though not named on the bench, is also understood to have been nearing contention in recent weeks.
And it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Aussie pocket rocket Massimo Luongo, out for the entire second half of the season, could make a dramatic return to inject some quality into the Owls midfield.
Whatever happens, it’s quite possibly the biggest game in Sheffield Wednesday’s modern history. Barry Bannan himself said it was a game bigger than Wembley in 2016.