Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
All eyes will be on Bescot Stadium when Walsall and Sheffield Wednesday face each other in the Carabao Cup round 1 on Saturday afternoon. The last League Two season was a mixed bag for Walsall, and, as a result, they finished the process in 12th place in the standings. The Saddlers are eager to claim a major scalp in the first round of the EFL Cup, and, one thing is for sure, the League Two side will leave their hearts on the field.
The Owls, on the other hand, did well to hold Leicester City to a goalless draw in their first warm-up game. Sheffield Wednesday, though, head into the new season with a severely-weakened squad, which is the main reason why we believe that Walsall will grab something from the match. In their last meeting in a competitive game the two teams played out a 2-2 draw.
Highlighted Player (Shay Facey):
Shay Facey is a product of the Manchester City football academy who plays at Walsall as a defender. The 179-cm-tall footballer played for the likes of New York City, Rotherham United, and Heerenveen on loan before signing a permanent deal with Walsall in the summer of 2019.
Facey made his League Two debut with Walsall in a 2-0 loss to Oldham Athletic on October 22, 2019. Even though he represented England U16, England U17, England U19, and England U20 teams in the past, he has yet to earn a call-up with the England senior team. Shay Facey’s main position is right-back, but he is capable of producing good displays at centre-back as well. The player who has dual citizenship (England/Jamaica) wears the number 24 jersey at Walsall.
It has to be noted that he scored his first league goal during his spell at Northampton Town. Shay Facey found the net for the Cobblers in a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town on March 20, 2018.
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.