Talking tactics: Be bold, be brave and you can be derby day heroes

Richie Wellens starred once again in an advanced role.
Richie Wellens starred once again in an advanced role.

Who would have thought Rovers would ever have been heading to Sheffield as favourites?

Despite sitting just two places and two points above Saturday’s hosts Wednesday, Rovers will be well-fancied by plenty of punters – including quite a few Owls fans.

And that all boils down to confidence.

Results have not been particularly impressive for either side but Rovers can claim to have consistently played well, unlike the neighbours.

Rovers have feared no one so far this season – be it Wigan, Watford or Nottingham Forest.

They will go to Hillsborough and go at a Wednesday side desperately in need for an easy afternoon.

The Owls’ confidence has been shot for weeks, something only worsened by last weekend’s 4-1 demolition by a Birmingham side hardly flying themselves.

Defensively, Wednesday are a mess, rocked by the long term absence of Anthony Gardner.

At the other end, the situation is arguably even worse.

Big Serbian striker Atdhe Nuhiu is yet to impress and beyond that Dave Jones’ options for an out and out striker are limited.

Paul Dickov has shown he will stick with what works.

He employed a bold new system against Nottingham Forest last weekend with positive results.

With Wednesday on the ropes, Dickov needs to be bold once again. Sticking with the attack-minded 4-2-1-3 would be wise.

Width may be an issue but Wednesday are struggling for the stopper in midfield that will break up Rovers’ flow.

Going hard and early as they did at Wigan and Charlton could easily see Rovers take control and really ask the question are Jones’ Wednesday up for the fight?

The Hillsborough faithful are growing increasingly frustrated with their side’s poor start, fearing another unwanted relegation battle.

If Rovers can get on top early they can increase this discontent in the stands.

If there was ever a time to go for broke, it’s this weekend.