Predicted Sheffield Wednesday starting XI against Cardiff

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday head to Wales to take on Cardiff City.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

After ending Huddersfield Town's 100 per cent home record on Sunday, Sheffield Wednesday hit the road again, heading South to Wales to face Neil Warnock's Cardiff City side.

The Owls' 1-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium moved Carlos Carvalhal's side up to seventh, six points off leaders Norwich City, and another win on Wednesday evening could see them move into a play-off spot as they aim to go one further than last season when they were losing finalists to Hull City.

As Wednesday prepare to face a resurgent Cardiff side, could this be the team Carvalhal picks?

Wednesday were able to shutout former pace setters Huddersfield on Sunday, and the Portuguese manager will likely select the same back five that kept a clean sheet against the Terriers, meaning Jack Hunt and Glenn Loovens will likely remain on the bench.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Tom Lees shoots at goal as Huddersfield's Rajiv van la Parra blocks the shot with his hand and concedes a penalty

Barry Bannan was the first player to be substituted on Sunday, with Carvalhal withdrawing the Scotland international due to fatigue after 57 minutes, having already considered taking him off at half time. With games coming thick and fast, Bannan may have to start from the bench, with Ross Wallace coming in from the start to face Cardiff.

Kieran Lee and David Jones give Wednesday more balance in the middle, which will be important in what will be another tough away game, and width on the left flank should be supplied by number nine Adam Reach.

Huddersfield's Jonathan Hogg in action with Sheffield Wednesday’s David Jones

Steven Fletcher missed the trip to Huddersfield due to personal reasons, but has returned to training in the buildup to the Owls' game on Wednesday night. However a positive performance from both Gary Hooper and match-winner Fernando Forestieri may force the former Sunderland striker to miss out again.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri scores their first goal

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