Would loss to Barnsley put Sheffield Wednesday in real relegation trouble?

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

If Sheffield Wednesday lose to managerless Barnsley this weekend then they could be in a Championship relegation scrap.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Sheffield Wednesday are currently on a six-match unbeaten run in the Championship which stretches back to before Jos Luhukay was appointed as manager on January 5.

Their goal at home to Birmingham City in a 3-1 defeat at the weekend was also the first they had scored in the second tier of English football during that time, also suffering defeats to Brentford and Burton Albion and 0-0 stalemates with rivals Sheffield United, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.

Frederico Venâncio of Sheffield Wednesday wins a header during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United at Hillsborough on January 16,...

Next up for the Owls is a trip to managerless Barnsley in a lunchtime kickoff on Saturday (February 10) and a loss to their Yorkshire rivals could put Luhukay's men in serious relegation trouble.

There is currently a six-point gap between the Tykes - who will have Under-23s boss Paul Hartley in caretaker charge following Paul Heckingbottom's departure to Leeds United - and Wednesday in the lower reaches of the table.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Barnsley at The Den on January 6, 2018 in London, England.

Bottom three Burton, Sunderland and Hull City continue to struggle for form, but Birmingham and Bolton Wanderers are on the rise and could soon drag the Sheffield outfit into a dogfight.

For a side that finished the last two seasons in fourth and sixth place respectively, thus securing a playoff place, this would be quite the fall from grace and there is a lot riding on the result from Oakwell.

Barnsley fans arrive before the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

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