Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal Tips – No cup shock for the Owls
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday will be on the hunt for another Premier League scalp when Arsenal come to town in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
October 26th, 2015
The Owls dumped Newcastle United out of the competition in the last round thanks to a 1-0 win at St James’ Park, although given that the Magpies appear to be in the mix for relegation at the end of the season, that result couldn’t exactly be considered as a massive shock. Arsenal will be certain to provide much tougher opposition and despite the fact that Sheffield Wednesday are enjoying a relatively successful season so far, we feel that their participation in this competition will come to an end on Tuesday evening.
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is in no doubt as to how a decent cup run could boost the club’s finances, however he will be expected to name a few changes to the side which will take to the field against the Gunners, given that he has made it clear that the league is very much his priority.
He said to the official club website: “We must wait on some players but we know Turner, Lopez, Matias and Sougou will not play. We cannot take risks with anyone. For certain, Joe Wildsmith will play. Keiren Westwood is an amazing goalkeeper as everybody knows and Joe is a very, very talented young goalkeeper. I have complete confidence in Joe.
“When he has come into the team, he has done fantastic. He made his international debut for the England Under-20s recently and was then called into the Under-21s and that is a sign of the progress he has made. So Joe will play in this game against Arsenal. This is an important game and one we want to win.
“The Championship is where we play every week and, of course, that is the priority but we want to go as far as we possibly can in the cups. We have a fantastic spirit at the club and I will have 100% confidence in whoever plays in this game.”
The Gunners haven’t won this competition since 1993 when they beat Sheffield Wednesday and manager Arsene Wenger won’t be making the Capital One Cup his priority either, given that his men are enjoying some excellent results which have seen them sit joint top of the Premier League alongside Manchester City.
With excellent wins against both Bayern Munich and Everton this week, the Gunners will head into this match in very high spirits, although Wenger will likely give a few fringe players a chance to shine on Tuesday evening.
“It was tough but I felt we played with great concentration, great solidarity. After 2-0 it is important not to concede at half-time, that is maybe the negative of the day as we got caught on the break just before half-time,” he said after the final whistle in the 2-1 win over Everton at the weekend.
“But after that our solidarity was exceptional, it got us through. We could not score the third goal but we had the chances and in the end we got three massive points. When you can win a game after such a massive game like Tuesday night, that tells you a lot about your team.”
This match isn’t going to produce a shock by any means. Sheffield Wednesday have nothing to lose but ultimately the massive gulf between the two sides will become apparent and the Gunners will proceed comfortably in to the last eight of the Capital One Cup.
BETTING TIP – Arsenal to win 3-0 – BetVictor 10/1