Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips – 16/08/2018

Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips – 16/08/2018

Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday

Sunderland host Sheffield Wednesday in the opening round of Carabao Cup at the Stadium of Light on Thursday night looking to cause an upset against their Championship opponents.

The Black Cats find themselves in League One following their relegation from the second tier in May. The former Premier League side are favourites to bounce straight back to the Championship under the management of Jack Ross, who has made a positive start to life in English football. Picking up four points from their opening two games, the early signs have been promising under a refreshed squad at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland have undergone a huge restructure during the summer and it’s the start of what they will hope to be a long and successful era under the Scotsman. The Black Cats are aiming for automatic promotion and this will be a good test to see where they are currently at in their development.

The Black Cats have enjoyed some memorable moments in the League Cup over the years, reaching the final in 2014 with a run that saw them defeat both Chelsea and Manchester United along the way before losing to Manchester City at Wembley. However, they haven’t progressed beyond the fourth round of the cup in their last three attempts.

Sunderland are coming into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw at Luton Town on Saturday. They would hope to extend their unbeaten run on Thursday, but will know it is the most difficult game they have faced so far this season against opponents from their former division. However, cup games are prone to upsets and Wednesday aren’t flying themselves heading into this cup tie. An upset against a more fancied side could also provide the springboard to Sunderland for the season ahead, giving their inexperienced team a significant early lift.

Young striker Josh Maja has scored in both games of Sunderland’s league games so far this term and he should be in the starting eleven against Wednesday. However, the hosts are suffering from a number of injury concerns, including Duncan Watmore, who is a long-term absentee due to a cruciate injury. Elsewhere, the likes of Aiden McGeady, Jerome Sinclair, Donald Love, Charlie Wyke and Tom Flanagan are also ruled out. Dylan McGeouch and Ethan Robson are additional doubts, but Sunderland have been handed a boost in the form of Reece James, who has returned from a groin injury.  

Sheffield Wednesday have made a rather disappointing start to the new season, and they are still looking for their first win after taking just a point from their first two matches. Jos Luhukay’s men opened the new season with a 3-2 defeat against Wigan Athletic, and they could only manage a 1-1 home draw against Hull City this weekend.

Wednesday are desperate to kickstart their domestic season, and Luhukay faces a huge dilemma with the team selection for this game. The Dutch manager may well be tempted to rest some of his key players considering the Owls have a tricky trip to Brentford on Sunday afternoon. However, defeat against Sunderland could also make matters far worse for the Championship side who could really do with a win sooner than later.

After finishing 15th in the league table last season, there isn’t much optimism regarding their prospects of gunning for promotion this time around. A little over 15 months ago, they were just three games away from reaching the Premier League via the play-offs and only 20 minutes away from a meeting with Reading at Wembley in the final, but now look some distance from accomplishing such feats this time around.

The Owls don’t have any injury concerns, but they do lack strength in depth due to the transfer embargo placed on them. Atdhe Nuhiu is back for selection after serving his one-match suspension in the draw against Hull. Fernando Forestieri has scored in both games for Wednesday this season but could start from the bench with Brentford. Steven Fletcher, who started against Hull, is also a strong contender for one of two striking positions.

It would be naive for Luhukay to make too many changes in this early season contest, with it important that his team pick up their first victory of the campaign. Defeat would only make the mood surrounding the club more negative and would add real pressure on the team heading into their trip to Griffin Park at the end of the weekend.

The Owls were winning of the League Cup in 1991, but have struggled in the competition in recent times, bowing out to lower-league oppositions in each of the last two seasons.  Last term, Wednesday were undefeated in their two league meetings with Sunderland, claiming a comfortable 3-1 win in the corresponding fixture in April. However, don’t expect an easy ride for them on Thursday, as they face a side who have experienced the winning feeling already this season.

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