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News January 22, 2021

The Owls are set to travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup this Sunday.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

Neil Thompson’s side will have gone over two weeks without a game due to the game against AFC Wimbledon being called out.

The last game Wednesday played was, in fact, in the FA Cup third round as they beat Exeter City 2-0 away from home.

Everton who will also have had a lengthy break come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win against Wolves last time out.

If Wednesday do win on Sunday, that will be the third time in four years that they have made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The last time these two sides met in 2019, Everton knocked the Owls out of the League Cup with a 2-0 win.

In a fixture that’s been played 151 throughout the years, the first game in 1892, Wednesday have gone on to win 41 times.

How will Sunday’s cup clash go?

We take a look…

In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Everton? No

Since Thompson has taken over the reins, Wednesday have been in decent form, unbeaten in the three games he’s managed with three wins.

This might be a step too far though, with 35 league places separating the two sides, Everton should have too much quality for this Wednesday side.

Wednesday’s away record isn’t the best reading either, with just two wins from 12 games on the road in all competitions.

Everton are in decent form with three wins from five in all competitions. When it comes to home form it’s a bit up and down. With three wins and four losses from the last seven at Goodison Park.

2. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 0

Scoring goals has been a bit of problem for Wednesday this season, scoring 15 league goals all season. A tally that only Derby County are worse off.

When playing away from home, they are averaging just 0.55 goals per game in the league. They’re also scoring, on average, every 164 minutes on the road.

Only four teams in the Premier League can better Everton’s defensive record this season having conceded 21 goals in 17 games.

They have only managed to keep one clean sheet at Goodison Park in the league this season though, averaging 1.5 goals against at home.

3. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No

With the prediction that Wednesday won’t score in the game, it’s going to have to be a no for this pick too.

Away from home they have scored just two goals in 11 games on the road and when playing a team of Everton’s quality, it’s not looking great.

Everton have conceded 12 goals at home this season and six of those have come in the second half.

They are keeping clean sheets in just 25% of second halves at Goodison Park and are averaging 0.75 goals against in the second period of games on home soil.

4. How many corners will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded? 3

In 10 of the Owls’ 23 league games, they have won less than four corners. So far this season, they have won a total of 82 corners.

That means that they’re being awarded 3.56 corners per game.

Everton, on the other hand, have conceded less than four corners in five of their 17 league games.

They have given away 78 corners in that time, which averages out at 4.58 corners conceded per game.

5. How many saves will Sheffield Wednesday goalkeepers make? 4+

It is likely that whoever plays in goal for Wednesday on Sunday, they will be kept busy by the Everton forwards.

The three goalkeepers who have played for the Owls this season have faced a total of 71 shots on target. That’s an average of just 3.08 SoT against per game.

This season, the Everton forwards have kept opposition goalkeepers pretty busy.

They have had a total of 75 shots on target in the league this campaign, averaging at 4.41 SoT per game.

6. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 2

As previously stated, going forward is not one of Wednesday’s strong areas. They have only managed to hit the target 67 times in the league.

That’s an average of just 2.91 shots on target per game and with a tougher opponent things will be even harder for the Owls’ attackers.

When it comes to Sunday’s opposition, Everton ‘keepers have faced a total of 66 shots on their goal this season.

That means they’re facing 3.88 shots on goal per game.

Quickfire

  • Will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded a penalty? No
  • How many goals will Callum Patterson score? 0
  • How many shots on target will Barry Bannan have? 0
  • Will Adam Reach assist a goal? No
  • How many tackles will Liam Palmer make? 2
  • Will Adam Reach score? No
  • How many shots on target will Callum Paterson have? 0
  • Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No
  • How many tackles will Liam Shaw make? 2

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