Sports Mole previews Saturday’s FA Cup clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Great Premier League players Newcastle United will travel to South Yorkshire on Saturday to fight Sheffield Wednesday in one FA Cup third round draw at Hillsborough.
The Magpies go into this stage of the competition while their third-tier hosts have already seen off Morecambe and Mansfield Town to earn their tie with top-flight opposition.
As well as their bid to return to the Championship at the second call-up this season, Sheffield Wednesday began their FA Cup campaign with a home draw against Morecambe at the start of November and prevailed with a win for 2-0 thanks to the goals of Josh Windass i Alex Mighten to book a contest with fourth-tier Mansfield Town.
That tie also took place at Hillsborough, and the Owls would go down 1-0 George Lapsley put their visitors ahead in the first half, just by Michael Smith to hit a brace in the last 15 minutes to make sure Darren Moore‘s team came out on top and booked their toughest game of the season so far at home to Newcastle.
They certainly go into the game in impressive form, having moved up to second in League One on a 13-game unbeaten run, and the Owls have quickly bounced back from three straight draws with back-to-back wins to reach the match weekend, first beating Fleetwood Town 2-1 on Christmas Day before quickly seeing off Port Vale.
Hoping to make it three on the bounce and leapfrog Ipswich Town in the race for automatic promotion, the Owls faced Cambridge United in their last outing on Monday, taking another shot at three points in style impressively, when Windass opened the scoring. early and Smith bagged another brace before the former completed a second-half hat-trick to seal a 5-0 triumph.
Now briefly turning their attention away from their league pursuits as they hope to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the fifth time in the last six seasons, Moore’s side will be looking to pull off a major upset on Saturday at home to Premier League opposition.
However, they face a particularly tough test as the visitors look to add to their attractive Premier League season with another cup run, with Eddie HoweThe ‘s team is currently third in England’s top flight.
Their lofty position is largely due to an attractive defensive record, with no other team in the league having conceded as few as the 11 goals they have shipped in 18 games so far, while the Magpies are now unbeaten in the his last top 12. -flight departures from their only loss of the season so far.
Saturday’s visitors are also unbeaten in their four games since returning from the World Cup break, first booking their place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals with a 1-0 home win over Bournemouth, courtesy of an Adam Smith own goal, before going down. defeated Leicester City 3-0 away on Boxing Day Chris Wood, Miguel Almiron i Joelinton they all found the net in the first half.
After a somewhat disappointing draw at home to Leeds United, the Magpies recently faced the unenviable test of a trip to league leaders Arsenal on Tuesday and held strong to see a goalless draw, coming home with a deserved point. as a result and finishing with the Gunners’ perfect league record at home this season.
This result leaves Newcastle third in the top flight and within touching distance of Manchester City, and with an FA Cup tie and EFL Cup quarter-finals looming next week, Howe’s men will briefly divert their attention of the league and they will go up. to progress to the cup competitions with the aim of overcoming their League One hosts at the weekend.
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Midfielder for Key Sheffield Wednesday Barry Bannon missed the Cambridge United contest with a fresh injury concern, and the captain is unlikely to return in time to feature on Saturday, likely to leave George Byers i Will Vaulks to partner in the engine room, potentially next door Fisayo Dele-Bashiru if the Owls choose to settle in a more compact way.
Michael Smith should once again lead the line after firing them into the third round with a brace against Mansfield, and the summer signing took his tally to 10 goals for the season in all competitions with another brace in the recent win over Cambridge.
He will be supported by Josh Windass, who scored a hat-trick in that game, while Moore is likely to stick with a back three. Liam Palmer, Mark McGuinness i Reece James.
Having made many changes to his Newcastle squad so far this season in the Premier League, Eddie Howe is likely to use Saturday’s tie as an opportunity to give some players who have struggled to start regularly, such as Chris Wood i Jacob Murphy he is expected to appear from the start in Yorkshire.
Allan Saint-Maximin He is also likely to feature as the winger has only made substitute appearances since the Magpies’ return from the World Cup break, with key leaders Joelinton, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron all ready to rest.
In the continued absence of people like Emil Krafth, Matt Targett i Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis i Javi Manquillo should take on full-back roles to allow rests for key players like Kieran Trippierwhile Jamal Lascelles should also enter to join either Sven Botman, Fabian Schar or Dan Burn in the middle of a back four.
Sheffield Wednesday possible starting line-up:
Dawson; Palmer, McGuinness, James; Mighten, Byers, Vaulks, Dele-Bashiru, Johnson; Windass, Smith
Newcastle United possible starting line-up:
Dubravka; Manquillo, Burn, Lascelles, Lewis; Longstaff, Anderson, Willock; Murphy, Wood, Saint-Maximin
We say: Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Newcastle United
Even with the vast majority of their key players likely to be rested, Newcastle still have plenty of quality and should have more than enough to succeed in one of the strongest teams in the third tier.
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