Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup last 16 will be at stake when Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday, the two Championship sides, face each other at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Friday evening. QPR kicked off their FA Cup campaign with a 5-1 win over Swansea City, but they do not want to stop now. The Hoops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Sheffield Wednesday, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers.
Seeing that the visitors will be without suspended midfielder Massimo Luongo against QPR, we believe that home win should be considered. In each of their last four meetings in the Championship the Hoops defeated the Owls. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Jordan Hugill, who has netted ten goals in all competitions so far this term.
Highlighted Player (Joe Lumley):
Born on the 15th of February, 1995, Joe Lumley is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. His youth career started at Tottenham's academy, whom he left in 2010 to join Queens Park Rangers, where he signed his first professional contract. The 6ft 5 inches tall keeper's time at the club has mostly involved loan spells at clubs like Bishop Stortford, Accrington Stanley, Morecambe, Stevenage, Bristol Rovers, and Blackpool.
Lumley made his non-league debut on the 7th of March, 2014, playing for Stortford in a 1-1 draw against Tonbridge Angels. His first Football league appearance, meanwhile, came playing for Stanley against Bury on the 30th of August, 2014. Though his Stevenage and Morecambe periods were mostly forgettable, Lumley followed up with a fruitful six-month spell at Bristol, which started on the 7th of January, 2017. He made 17 appearances and kept eight clean sheets for the club, before returning to QPR at the end of the season.
The Rangers then sent him out on loan again during the 17/18 season's winter transfer window to Blackpool but recalled him in April due to a shortage of players. The 24-year-old has since remained with the club.
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.