Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Fulham will be looking to bounce back from a 4-3 Premier League loss to Leeds United when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday at their Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening. The Cottagers kicked off their EFL Cup campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ipswich Town, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring the only goal of the match. Serbian attacker continues where he left last term, and, no doubt, all eyes will be on him when Fulham take on Sheffield Wednesday in the last 32.
The Owls, on the other hand, have been impressive at the back at the start of the season, with the team eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Since Wednesday are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Craven Cottage showdown, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. Experienced attacker Jordan Rhodes is likely to lead the line for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cairney):
Tom Cairney is a professional footballer who plays for Fulham. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as an attacking midfielder and a right midfielder as well. The left-footed player was born in Nottingham, England on 20 January, 1991 and he started his youth career at Leeds United.
In 2007 he moved to Hull City and he was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008/2009 campaign. After making 70 league appearances for the Tigers he joined Blackburn Rovers on 1 August, 2013 on loan and on 2 January, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with the Riversiders. At the end of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign he joined Fulham.
Tom Cairney’s father is Scottish and, as a result, the Fulham footballer decided to represent Scotland on the international stage. Cairney has 2 caps for Scotland U-21 and he made 6 appearances for Scotland U-21 team. It has to be noted that he suffered a serious injury in August 2012. The injury forced him to be out of contention for over three months.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield Wednesday):
Sheffield Wednesday are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Sheffield (South Yorkshire). The Owls compete in the English second tier (Championship) and they play their home matches at Hillsborough.
The venue was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster which occurred in 1989 when 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the FA Cup semi-final. It has to be noted that the World Cup (1966) and the Euro (1996) matches were played at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday have won four First Division trophies (1902/2903, 1903/1904, 1928/1929, 1929/2930) and they finished the 1960/1961 campaign in second place in the standings. The Owls have clinched three FA Cup trophies (1896, 1907, 1935), with the team winning the League Cup in 1991.
Sheffield Wednesday defeated English giants Manchester United (1-0) in the title game. Sheffield United are regarded as the Owls’ main rivals and the two teams face each other in the Steel City derby.