Covid-19 continues to cause chaos in everyone's fixture list, but Sunderland continue to avoid match postponements and with that presents an opportunity to top the table.
As we found out during Jack Ross' 2018/19 campaign, points on the board are worth more than games in hand.
The Lads come into this fixture in a rich vein of form which has catapulted us back in contention for automatic promotion after a tough autumn. Five wins, three draws, 17 goals with just six conceded in our last eight games. That proceeds a defeat to today's opponents Sheffield Wednesday, who drubbed us 3-0 at the start of November.
Wednesday's fortunes since that day have been equally as good, unbeaten in the six played with three wins and three draws. Darren Moore's side a proving a tough team to take three points from and even on the road they are unbeaten in eight. After an indifferent start, they certainly look like a team capable of returning to the Championship at the first opportunity, with relegation last season ending their 9 year stint in the second tier of English football.
Lee Johnson is likely to name an unchanged side after a comprehensive victory watching football in front of the Sky cameras on Monday. Carl Winchester could be back in contention and is rated 50/50 for a return, though unless there are fitness concerns hanging over Corry Evans or Dan Neil it is unlikely Winchester would be risked.
Elliot Embleton and Alex Pritchard were industrious and inventive support Ross Stewart in attack. I'm looking forward to this trio being given a bit more time to create opportunities in what is probably our toughest fixture of the festive period.
Ulimately, I think both teams will make life difficult for the attackers and this will end up a draw, which would keep us in 2nd place behind Rotherham on goal difference.