Owls shake up defence again

Back to a back 5 at Bramall Lane
 
Jos Luhukay has chosen to shuffle his line up again as Wednesday head across the city for a crunch game against bitter rivals Sheffield United.
 
Having shipped 12 goals in their last 4 matches when playing 4 at the back they will revert to a back 5 on Friday evening. Michael Hector and Jordan Thorniley return to the heart of the defence alongside Tom Lees with Ash Baker and Morgan Fox in the wing-back positions.
 
Adam Reach will offer support to lone striker Steven Fletcher with Barry Bannan, Joey Pelupessy and Matt Penney in midfield. Fernando Forestieri doesn't make the bench having not recovered adequately from a hamstring injury but Marco Matias is fit enough to be among the substitutes.
 
The home side make 3 changes following their 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend. Chris Basham and Mark Duffy return to the midfield with David McGoldrick partnering Billy Sharp in attack meaning that former Wednesday forward Leon Clarke is on the bench.
 
Wednesday come into the game on the back of 4 straight defeats which has seen them fall from the play-off places to 4 points above the relegation zone. United slipped to 3rd following defeat at the City Ground but can return to the top of the table and they haven't lost at home since the opening day of the season.