Competition: League Cup Fourth Round – Sheffield Wednesday vs. Arsenal
Venue: Hillsborough – Tuesday, October 27 – 19:45 GMT (15:45 ET)
Match Odds: Sheffield Wednesday 7/1 – Draw 4/1 – Arsenal 2/5
Sheffield Wednesday welcome Arsenal to Hillsborough for the first time in almost 16 years for a fourth round League Cup tie on Tuesday night.
The Owls edged a 2-1 win away at Rotherham last time out and are currently ninth in the Championship after an unbeaten run of eight games in all competitions (W5 D3).
Wednesday secured their place in the fourth round thanks to Lewis McGugan, who scored a second-half winner to beat Premier League side Newcastle 1-0 at St James’ Park in the previous round.
Head coach Carlos Carvalhal is expected to make a number of changes to his side and said this week they only have a “10% chance” of winning the tie against a high-flying Arsenal side.
The Gunners arrive in Sheffield after one of the most successful week’s they’ve had for quite some time.
A 2-1 win at home to Everton on Saturday sealed a third win in 7 days, after beating Watford 3-0 a week before to put Arsenal level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Sandwiched in between those games was one of the club’s greatest European triumphs as they beat a scintillating Bayern Munich side 2-0 at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly make numerous changes for this clash as he usually does in this competition, in order to use it as an opportunity for the younger players and non first-team regulars to gain some playing time.
The Gunners enjoyed a 2-1 win over rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the previous round.
The last meeting between the two sides was a Premier League clash, which produced an entertaining 3-3 draw at Highbury back in May 2000.
Sheffield Wednesday will be without the injured Michael Turner, Alex Lopez, Marco Matias and Modou Sougou.
Arsenal’s injury list includes Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky. Goalkeeper David Ospina is also still out with a shoulder problem so youngster Matt Macey may get a chance if Arsene Wenger chooses to rest Petr Cech.
Sheffield Wednesday’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/D/W
Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: L/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Sheffield Wednesday haven’t made it past the fourth round in the League Cup since the 2001/02 season when they reached the semi-final.
Key Player: Mathieu Flamini – The Frenchman is probably still on a come down after his two goals in the last round at Spurs. His experience in the midfield could be key.
Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Arsenal – This is a potential banana skin for the Gunners and while many expect them to eventually come out on top, it may be tighter than some would think.