19:45 Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland Stats

  • Six of the hosts last eight matches have witnessed fewer than three goals
  • Seven of the ‘Black Cats’ last nine have produced fewer than three goals
  • Sunderland are unbeaten across their last three meetings with the ‘Owls’


Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland Tips

Betting Tip: Under 2.5 goals

I’m not expecting a match for the ages when these two meet in the League Cup. Both will clearly be focused on their respective league campaigns and won’t want to sacrifice that for this competition so I'm envisaging a fairly reserved contest.

Six of Sunderland’s last seven league games have featured fewer than three goals being scored in total - a run that stretches back to last season. That’s exactly how I see this one panning out at Hillsborough despite the fact the visitors will be in a buoyant mood after an exceptional 3-2 win away to Bristol City over the weekend.

Five of Sheffield Wednesday’s last eight competitive fixtures have produced less than three goals and they too come into this one off the back of a victory as they defeated MK Dons 1-0 on Saturday.

Sunderland certainly have firepower within their ranks, particularly after signing forward Ellis Simms on loan from Everton, who scored a brace at Ashton Gate. But I think Alex Neil could give them some rest and we’ll see quite a bit of rotation. Lots of changes usually means a lack of cohesiveness and so I see a cagey game with few chances.

Give me under 2.5 goals for a point.

Under 2.5 Goals - 1pt @ 20/23

19:45 Wednesday

Betting Tip: Sunderland win

On paper I'd say Sunderland should be winning this. However, there are so many variables to consider and many of them are mentioned above. For me, it all depends on team news and whether Alex Neil decides to field a strong side for the trip to Hillsborough.

Both of these sides have already showcased their resilience and ability to fight their way back into a match when put in a difficult situation and it really is hard to separate them. 

The ‘Black Cats’ are unbeaten across their last three clashes with ‘Owls’ but for me it really does depend on which players are tasked with going out and getting a result. 

If the boss does in fact decide to go for it and play the likes of Ellis Simms and/or Ross Stewart up top with Alex Pritchard in behind, then I would be all over the 9/5 on them leaving Sheffield with a win and advancing to the next round.

Sunderland to Win - 0.5pts @ 9/5