Sheffield Wednesday host Southampton in the opening game of the 2023/24 Championship season tomorrow night.

Sheffield Wednesday welcome Southampton to Hillsborough tomorrow night. It marks the Owls’ first game back in the Championship after a two-year hiatus, and it also marks the club’s start to life under new boss Xisco Munoz.

The Spaniard came in a couple of weeks after Darren Moore’s shock exit from the club and he’s had his work cut out this summer.

But Wednesday have been busy in the transfer market in the past couple of days with the club now having seven signings over the line and another in Devis Vasquez in the pipelines.

Many are tipping Sheffield Wednesday to struggle this season but Sky Sports pundit and former Wednesday midfielder David Prutton thinks the Owls could surprise a few people.

Giving his weekly score predictions, he had this to say on Sheffield Wednesday:

“Despite their promotion, Sheffield Wednesday parted company with Darren Moore over the summer. It was a real shame to see to be honest, after he had done such a great job there and bringing them back up. Xisco Munoz is at the helm now. He has pedigree at this level after steering Watford to promotion, but he has some big shoes to fill.”

He added:

“These two sides were two leagues apart just a couple of months ago, frankly, but the Championship is the great leveller. I may have my optimistic hat on for a memorable opening night, but I’ll go for an entertaining draw here.”

Prutton predicts a 2-2 scoreline tomorrow night.

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Positivity needed…

With most writing Sheffield Wednesday off before they’ve even kicked a ball, the best that fans can do is stay positive.

Prutton, being a former Wednesday man, is optimistic about the club’s chances tomorrow, and his optimism might not be unfounded.

Southampton endured a torrid season last time round and they’ve only signed the two players this summer – they also go into this game on the back of a mediocre pre-season and under a new boss in Russell Martin.

Wednesday then certainly have a chance and in front of the Hillsborough crowd, they’ll always have a chance.

Munoz needed to get his best players firing and give them the confidence they need to go out and put on a good performance.