PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Wolves

PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Wolves

Back in the cup.

It’s not the FA Cup, but a run in the Carabao Cup can still be a nice boost to the season.

I for one thoroughly enjoyed a few years ago when we beat Newcastle, then Arsenal in the League cup.

Wolves are themselves a Premier League team, so it’d be a great scalp if we can get through to the next round.

Following the positivity of two home wins in a week, there’s no reason the Owls can’t carry on the happy vibes with a bit of Cup progession.

That said, it’s not the end of the world if not either.

Shining star

Owls Team News

Finally! Lee, Hooper, Abdi, all training fully!

We even got treated to the news that Sam Winnall isn’t far behind, so we should start to see some of these four in the next few weeks.

Aside from that, Pudil, Fox and Van Aken all still seem to be carrying knocks, but Fraser Preston has been declared fit enough to start.

This will be a good chance for any of the youngsters Jos throws in to gain some serious respect from the fan base.

(David Jones still missing – maybe he’ll make an appearance in this one?)

The Opponent’s Camp

Wolves stormed the Championship last year.

Following heavy investment and the guidance of super-agent Jorge Mendes, the midlands club found promotion easy.

Having picked up quality players like Diego Jota and Ruben Neves in the Championship, they’ve pushed on and picked up stars like Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio for the Premier League campaign.

It’s been a stuttering start, but a thoroughly-deserved draw with Man City at the weekend was particularly impressive.

The Wolves Wizard

Last five Games

Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 1 Hull City

Sunderland 0 – 2 Wednesday

Brentford 2 – 0 Wednesday

Wednesday 2 – 1 Millwall

Wednesday 2 – 1 Ipswich

Wolves (they’ve only played three…)

Wolves 2 – 2 Everton

Leicester 2 – 0 Wolves

Wolves 1 – 1 Man City

 

Head to Head

Wednesday wins: 38

Draws: 32

Wolves wins: 48

I think this is the first time this season Wednesday have lost more than they’ve won against an opponent.

It’s also by far the highest number of games, with 118 fixtures between the sides spanning back to March 1889.

Spirits high

Predicted Lineup

Luhukay will surely stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation that has brought two wins on the trot.

Plenty of rotation comes with the Cup games, so maybe we’ll see David Jones?

We won’t.

GK: Joe Wildsmith

RB: Ash Baker

CB: Tom Lees (C)

CB: Daniel Pudil

LB: Morgan Fox

CM: Sam Hutchinson

CM: Barry Bannan

RM: Fraser Preston

CAM: Fernando Forestieri

LM: George Boyd

ST: Atdhe Nuhiu

Celebrations!

Matt’s Prediction – Not enough quality

Two great wins in the league but Wednesday simply won’t have enough for this one.

If Wolves don’t put out absolute reserves I think we’ll get beaten comfortably, they’ve got more than enough players to take our brittle defence to pieces, particularly in wide areas.

2-0 to Wolves

Scoreboard 

Matt 3 – 2 Real Life

 

Matt

Owls Alive

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