Stoke vs Sheffield Wed by Hassy
The Owls have enjoyed a fine run in this competition with the scalps I have already mentioned but Carvalhal’s side are not showing that same performance in their own league campaign. Despite currently sitting in 7th place in The Championship Wednesday have won just three of their 10 competitive away matches so far this season and I strongly believe that they will struggle to bridge the gap in quality against another Premier League side.
To make matters worse, Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has an injury crisis of sorts to contend with ahead of the trip to the Potteries, with seven first-team players out. Barry Bannan has failed to recover from a knee injury, with a similar problem ruling Michael Turner out.
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood (Achilles), Fernando Forestieri (cup-tied), Marco Matias, Vincent Sasso and Sergiu Bus are also missing for the Owls.
The hosts, Stoke City lost 2-0 at Sunderland after seeing captain Ryan Shawcross sent off in their last match. However, prior to Saturday’s loss it should be noted that Stoke have lost just one in their previous 10 matches in all competitions and also kept six clean sheets during that run. Apart from Shawcross, The Potters have a fully fit squad to chose from and Geoff Cameron is likely to replace Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night.
After beating Chelsea in the previous round Stoke have been kind by a home tie against Sheffield Wednesday. Hughes will now believe that his side are good enough to win this cup competition so I expect them to field a strong line up. This added to the fact that Wednesday have a crippling injury list and are not setting The Championship on fire on the road points a home win, and a rather comfortable home win at that.
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|Stoke City to Win||BetFred||1.83||10||2-0 WON (+8.3 units)|
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