Sheffield Derby: If I was Steve Bruce - My Sheffield Wednesday XI to face Sheffield United

There is just one day to go until the 131st competitive Sheffield derby.

Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 2:26 pm
Updated Sunday, 3rd March 2019, 2:27 pm
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has some big selection calls to make as the Owls look to maintain their unbeaten run under his leadership. If I was Bruce, this is the team I would select...

He has been a model of consistency since returning to the Owls team in December. Westwood has played a major role in their defensive improvement.
After three successive subsitute appearances, the January deadline-day signing is pushing for his first start. He is big, strong, quick and would give Wednesday an extra dimension in the final third.

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The skipper has looked solid as rock since recovering from a freak knee/shin injury. He is one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Other than an off day at Rotherham United, the Chelsea loanee has been a dependable figure at the heart of Wednesday's rearguard this season.
Wednesday will have to make a change at left-back with Achraf Lazaar ruled out through a hamstring problem. Palmer, primarily a right-sided player, filled in admirably in that position against Brentford and deserves to retain his place in the side.
The attacking midfielder is in fine form, having bagged two goals and two assists in his last three outings. Reach is a vital component of this side.
He went off the boil for a few weeks but Bannan looks to have rediscovered his confidence and poise in the middle of the park. When he is in full flight, he makes Wednesday tick.
He is nailed on to play. His steel and aggression gives the Owls' players the licence and freedom to express themselves. It will be Hutchinson's first Sheffield derby.
The Newcastle United loanee adds pace and menace to Wednesday's attack. It is early days in his Owls career but he looks a clever piece of business. He is a potential matchwinner.
Bruce has described the forward as "one of the best players" in the Championship and it would be nice to see Forestieri deliver on the big stage. He has never played before in a Sheffield derby.
The Scotland international has claimed three goals in his last two starts. Fletcher is a real focal point. His intelligent hold up play and aerial prowess gives Wednesday a platform to build from.