Tomorrow is building up to be a huge encounter. A struggling Sheffield Wednesday are looking to bounce back and kick their season off with a win against big rivals, their manager is hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons and there is talk that another loss could well be the end for his career at Wednesday. We are looking to bounce back ahead of the international break and the 90 minutes will be intense, war as Jansson described it.
My XI (3-4-2-1)
GK – Felix Wiedwald – He will be tested tomorrow with sniffer Garry Hooper and target man Steven Fletcher leading the line for Wednesday. However Jordan Rhodes, Ross Wallace and Almen Abdi will also cause problems if they get within range.
RCB – Luke Ayling (c) – Ayling will captain the side tomorrow with Liam Cooper suspended and if we do go the three at the back he could play in that right hand side of the three in theory. Could also play as a wing-back but I feel we have custom-made wing backs.
CB – Pontus Jansson – I think the last two away games have exposed Jansson slightly as the full-backs haven’t covered enough and he has been dragged wide. Playing in the middle of three wouldn’t be a bad shout at all. let him defend between the penalty area lines and win everything that gets launched in.
LCB – Matthew Pennington – The best of the defenders at Cardiff after coming on a half time and probably will start ahead of youngster Conor Shaughnessy. It is down to him to perform and keep Liam Cooper out of the side when the international break is over.
CM – Eunan O’Kane – We missed O’Kane massively on Tuesday night. His ability on the ball is crucial to the way we play and he covers so much ground in front of the back four intercepting balls and driving us up the pitch. Certain to start unless ill.
CM – Ronaldo Vieira – If we were to play the system I would give Phillips a rest and the reason for that is that he is class at getting into the final third but with this formation there would be players already filling those areas. This is all theory, if we play 4-2-3-1 then he will probably start in the advanced midfield role as he deserves.
RWB – Gjanni Alioski – Needs to seriously up his game tomorrow because if he has another poor showing it will be the best part of five games with poor performances. I think this role would suit him down to the ground. Often plays it at international level for Macedonia and can comfortably to the work both ways.
LWB – Stuart Dallas – Dallas can easily fill this role as well and he has had a few stints at full-back so far this season and impressed in each. With a defender behind him and the likes of Saiz and Roofe floating out to his side he could potentially thrive in that role. Again, plays it in a very successful international side with Northern Ireland.
CAM – Kemar Roofe – I still think he is a key player for us and he was the shining light at Cardiff City. If anyone deserves to keep their place it would be him and he got another goal, his 6th of the season in league and cup. Playing behind Lasogga in a free role with Saiz would get the mouth-watering.
CAM – Samu Saiz – Should never have been dropped at Cardiff for me, it was the only mistake Thomas Christiansen made but the new head-coach has done enough to be able to make these decisions without getting too much stick.
ST – Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Almost nailed on to be back in the side tomorrow and give him the sniff of a chance and he will take it. In terms of natural ability he is the best striker we have had at the football club in a long time. With Roofe and Saiz running off him we could cause so many problems, theoretically of course.