PREVIEW: Shrewsbury -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Shrewsbury -v- Wednesday

The Owls take a break from league action as they travel to the Greenhous Meadow in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Can Wednesday get past Shrewsbury Town before a big week of Championship action?

The Owls retained sixth spot in the league thanks to a 1-1 draw at Reading but the agenda this weekend is passage to the last 16 of the FA Cup.

 

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Reading (A) D 1-1 9 2 6 2 13 36%
SHREWSBURY Oldham (H) L 1-0 4 1 4 1 9 53%

 

 

Wednesday started brightly in Berkshire and went ahead courtesy of Gary Hooper but that’s as good as it got for the Owls, who were forced onto the back foot and eventually conceded from a corner. Wednesday were perhaps fortunate to hang on for a point although Fernando Forestieri could have put the game away.

Shrewsbury countered a stunning away result at Burton Albion with a home defeat against John Sheridan’s Oldham Athletic in midweek in which they were outplayed and outfought. Shrews manager Micky Mellon bemoaned his side’s performance and cited his teams need to play smarter at home.

 

 

Last five games Reading(a) Leeds (h) Bolton(h) Fulham(h) Fulham(a)
WEDNESDAY D 1-1 W 2-0 W 3-2 W 2-1 W 1-0
Last five games Oldham(h) Burton (a) Barnsley(h) Cardiff (a) Chesterfield (a)
SHREWSBURY L 1-0 W 2-1 L 3-0 W 1-0 L 7-1

 

 

Wednesday have yet to taste defeat in 2016 and have been in good form of late. Should the Owls defeat the Shrews it will mark just the third occasion since dropping out of the Premier League in 2000 that they have made the last 16 of this competition.

Shrewsbury secured passage to the fourth round courtesy of wins over Gainsborough Trinity, Grimsby Town and Cardiff City, their cup run being in stark contrast to their league form. That said, our friends from S2 found themselves on the receiving end of a beating at Bramall Lane from the Shrews back in November.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS SHREWSBURY WINS DRAWS
3 5 12

LAST MEETING: 6th October 1987, Hillsborough

Wednesday 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Wednesday defeated Shrewsbury in the League Cup in our last meeting, a two-legged encounter where the Owls won 3-2 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 at Gay Meadow. In the aftermath of this fixture Howard Wilkinson signed a certain Nigel Pearson.

there’s one or two Wednesday-Shrewsbury connections, Gary Megson had a spell at the club and Nigel Jemson did too famously playing a part in a famous cup upset as the Shrews defeated Everton in 2002/03.

Although meetings have been few and far between, the Shrews have had the better of this fixture with the Owls managing just three wins in 20 encounters, the aforementioned League Cup win, an FA Cup win in 1962/63 and a league win at Gay Meadow in Division Two in April 1982.

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

With two big league encounters against Burnley and Birmingham City coming up, Carlos Carvalhal could shuffle his deck here.

Joe Wildsmith will not play, Keiren Westwood returned last weekend and could play but Carvalhal could stick with his policy of Westwood playing exclusively in the league, in which case Lewis Price would play between the sticks.

Joe Bennett may make his debut with Lewis McGugan, Alex Lopez and Michael Turner also nearing a return.

Richie Wellens is ineligible for the Shrews having played for Doncaster Rovers in the first round of the competition, while Abu Ogogo could return after missing three games through injury.

PRICE

PALMER

PALMER

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

BENNETT

BENNETT

SOUGOU

SOUGOU

SEMEDO

SEMEDO

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

NUHIU

NUHIU

JOÃO

JOÃO

KEY PLAYERS

Jose Semedo remains a cult hero at this club and although he isn’t a fixture in the side any more, he still can play his part as the glue that binds the squad together. This is the sort of fixture in which he shone week after week during our promotion season and he may well be needed to shine again.

Nat Knight-Percival has the distinction of being the Shrews’ third highest league goalscorer this season from centre-back. Given the Owls conceded a sloppy goal at Reading from a corner, the Shrews may look to threaten from set-pieces, giving the former Histon man a chance to shine.

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Shrewsbury WIN DRAW Semedo 1st Goal Correct Score 3-2
BEST ODDS 21/20 3/1 13/5 33/1 30/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Bet365 BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo

 

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

This is a banana skin, a Shrews side that can’t buy a win at home against a Wednesday side that are flying.

On their day Shrewsbury aren’t a bad side. They did what the Owls couldn’t and won at Cardiff, they have away wins at League One powerhouses Burton Albion and our friends from S2 so we can’t afford nor should we take this tie for granted.

We’ll make a few changes but for the guys who aren’t regulars, they should see this as an opportunity. Carlos Carvalhal hasn’t been shy of making changes if he feels they’re needed and impressive outings here will remind him of the worth of some players. Guys like Liam Palmer should be aiming to make the most of this chance.

The league has to be the priority but an FA Cup run isn’t the death knell some believe it to be. A last 16 clash and more money flowing into the Hillsborough coffers would be great. We haven’t had egg on our faces that many times this season if at all, so let’s not start here.

VERDICT: 3-2 Owls

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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