Monk makes three changes, Bannan returns: Predicted SWFC XI vs Swansea – opinion

Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat later this afternoon, but their opponents come in the form of Garry Monk’s former club Swansea City.

The 40-year-old enjoyed a fine 12-year spell at the Welsh club, firstly as a player and then as their manager in the Premier League.

He was appointed as the new Owls manager back at the start of September as the club finally appointed a permanent successor to Steve Bruce.

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The 2-1 loss at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last time out was just the second league defeat of his tenure so far with the club sitting only one point outside of a playoff position.

Meanwhile, the Swans are one of the trio of teams that sit in second-place behind league leaders West Brom.

This is how we predict Wednesday will line up this afternoon…

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Monk should be able to make three changes to the side that was defeated at Ewood Park last weekend – most notably fill-in skipper Barry Bannan returns to the team having been a surprising absence.

His creativity and leadership qualities were sorely missed in midfield. He ranks joint-top for assists this season with three while no one in the squad makes anywhere near the number of key passes he does with 2.2 per game, via WhoScored.

There may also be a comeback for Massimo Luongo, who has been absent through injury as of late – he along with the Scotsman were pictured in training this week, so that’s somewhat encouraging.

As stated earlier today, Monk should drop Adam Reach for Jacob Murphy on the right-hand side of midfield for the third and final change.

Defensively, the Owls have usually been the part having kept four clean sheets in nine Championship matches, so captain Tom Lees will have to wait for an opportunity.

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