Confirmed Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa line-ups: Abdi starts, McCormack makes debut

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

Sheffield Wednesday take on Aston Villa at Hillsborough this afternoon.

Sheffield Wednesday starting line-up: Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Hutchinson, Pudil; Wallace, Lee, Abdi, Bannan; Forestieri, Fletcher.

Sheffield Wednesday substitutes: Wildsmith, Hooper, Palmer, Helan, Joao, Semedo, Nuhiu.

Aston Villa starting line-up: Gollini, Hutton, Elphick, Baker, Cissokho, Westwood, Gardner, Bacuna, Ayew, McCormack, Gestede.

Aston Villa substitutes: Bunn, Richards, Okore, Grealish, Amavi, Tshibola, Green.

Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa kick off their Championship campaigns at Hillsborough this afternoon in what looks to be a fascinating encounter.

Last season, Carlos Carvalhal impressed as Wednesday boss, taking the Owls into the Championship play-off final, only to lose 1-0 to Hull City and miss out on a Premier League place.

Carvalhal has managed to keep his squad together though, and two new signings start today in midfielder Almen Abdi and striker Steven Fletcher, whilst Daniel Pudil starts having made his loan move from Watford permanent.

Key players such as Tom Lees, Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri all start, whilst the likes of Gary Hooper, Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu are all on the bench, giving Carvalhal some real attacking options if he needs them.

Opponents Villa are playing their first game in the Championship having been relegated from the Premier League last season, and manager Roberto Di Matteo has handed a debut to striker Ross McCormack following his big-money move from Fulham.

Fellow summer signings Pierluigi Gollini and Tommy Elphick also start, but Aaron Tshibola is only on the bench after his switch from Reading.

The likes of Ashley Westwood, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede all start in a strong Villa side, whilst Micah Richards, Jack Grealish and Jordan Amavi offer Di Matteo an exciting bench to work with today.

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