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Callum Paterson returns; international freebie out: Owls’ predicted XI to face Millwall

Sheffield Wednesday take on Millwall this weekend in an intriguing battle between two managers formerly of Championship rivals Birmingham City.

The Owls are currently bottom of the table. However, after a disastrous last week, Garry Monk’s side managed a morale-boosting win over Bournemouth in midweek.

Wednesday will be hoping to build on their slim win over the Cherries, while Millwall arrive looking for their first win at Hillsborough since a 2-1 triumph back in 2005.

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The past three encounters between the two sides has wielded just one goal.

It’s likely to be another tight affair, and here is how we feel the Owls will line up:

One change in defence sees the return of Tom Lees for Liam Palmer, while Julian Borner will be hoping to extend his recent run of fine form at the back.

Kadeem Harris’s dismissal against Bournemouth is the only real enforced change Monk must make. Adam Reach is the obvious choice to feature in that role.

With the former Middlesbrough man dropping deeper, Monk could freshen up his attack with Jack Marriott surely itching to feature in a side likely to press Millwall from the front.

The return of Izzy Brown and Callum Paterson, however, appears more likely as the Owls may prefer a physical approach up against the likes of Jake Cooper and Murray Wallace.

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It means FR Congo international Elias Kachunga dropping out, but the 5ft 9inch forward may be better served coming on as a second half substitute against tired legs.

The game may not be pretty, it rarely is up against a Gary Rowett side… But the Owls will have to show grit and hope a moment or two of quality in the final third will make the difference.

Also see: International duo Owls reportedly wanted to sign absent for upcoming Hillsborough clash

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