PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Fulham

PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Fulham

The festive period is well and truly over and the Owls turn away from their playoff aspirations for FA Cup action. Can they turnover Fulham for the third time this season or will the Cottagers finally get one over the Owls?

The Owls won at Craven Cottage last time out,can they repeat the feat?

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Fulham (A) W 1-0 14 6 7 1 14 32%
FULHAM Wednesday (H) L 1-0 11 1 4 2 15 68%

 

Wednesday showed it’s not how much of the ball you have,it’s what you do with it that matters.Despite having far less of the ball than Fulham,the Owls managed to craft more opportunities than their opponents,with Andy Lonergan in inspired form,it was going to take something special to beat him and Ross Wallace’s strike was something out of the draw above the top drawer.

Fulham did have their chances,Ross McCormack had a strike ruled out for offside, Jamie O’Hara brushed the post with a shot and Cauley Woodrow perhaps missed the best chance heading over from close range.

Last five games Fulham(a) Middlesbrough (a) Birmingham(h) Wolves(h) MK Dons(a)
WEDNESDAY W 1-0 L 1-0 W 3-0 W 4-1 L 2-1
Last five games Wednesday(h) Rotherham (h) Derby (a) Bolton (a) Ipswich (h)
FULHAM L 1-0 W 4-1 L 2-0 D 2-2 L 2-1

 

Wednesday haven’t had much of a cup run in recent times, the furthest they’ve advanced in the competition since dropping out of the top flight in 2000 is the last 16 in 2011 and 2014 being dumped out by Birmingham City and Charlton respectively, the Owls have already had a good campaign in the League Cup,can they do the same in the FA Cup?

Fulham haven’t had much FA Cup pedigree in recent times,they’ve been eliminated in the 4th round for the last four seasons, their last run to the later stages was in 2009/10 when they got to the last eight.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS FULHAM WINS DRAWS
30 25 15

 

LAST MEETING: 2nd January 2016, Craven Cottage Att – 19,263

Fulham 0-1 Wednesday
(R.Wallace 29)

The last time the Owls met Fulham in the FA Cup was in the 2008/09 season, the Cottagers emerged victorious courtesy of Andy Johnson’s late strike.

The two clubs have met four times in the FA Cup with each side taking two victories a piece.

The two clubs met in the League Cup in August 2012, Gary Madine’s penalty being the only goal of the game.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Darryl Lachman has departed to SC Cambuur in the Netherlands whilst the Owls have had a £750,000 bid for Bolton’s Mark Davies accepted according to reports.

Barry Bannan is on the verge of signing a long term deal with the Owls according to media reports with Marcos Matias and Sergiu Bus also returning to training.

Carlos Carvalhal has tended to rotate his squad for cup games and with a league game against Bolton on Tuesday night, he could rest a few players for this one.

Gary Hooper’s status is dependent on parent club Norwich City giving him permission to play.

WILDSMITH

PALMER

PALMER

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

WIGGINS

LEE

LEE

SEMEDO

SEMEDO

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

BANNAN

BANNAN

NUHIU

NUHIU

SOUGOU

SOUGOU

 

KEY PLAYERS

Barry Bannan has been a popular addition to the Owls squad with the majority of Wednesdayites taking him to their heart. Truth be told he could probably have scored as many as Forestieri had his finishing been better.

Ross McCormack has gone some way to justifying his £11m transfer fee from Leeds by scoring 34 goals in 79 games for the Cottagers, he had one ruled out for offside last weekend and has already got 15 this season.

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Fulham WIN DRAW Bannan 1st Goal Correct Score 2-1
BEST ODDS 17/20 15/4 14/5 14/1 8/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Skybet 888 SPORT logo bookies BetVictor-logo Bookies Badge Totesport BetVictor-logo

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

I have mixed feelings about the FA Cup, our squad have struggled with injuries and with us having spent most of the season on the outside fringe of the playoffs looking in, I could be forgiven for not being overly bothered about this with 21 league games left to cement our place in the top six.

That being said, it’s about time we advanced into the later stages of the competition, Carlos Carvalhal has proved he has pedigree in knockout competitions in his native Portugal and of course earlier this season where his gameplan was executed perfectly to send Arsenal out of the League Cup.

The league is the focus,it has to be but if we can get the right mix of intensity and flair going, we can defeat Fulham.

VERDICT: The fourth round awaits for SWFC, 2-1

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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