After picking up their first piece of silverware at Wembley over the weekend, Manchester City will turn their attention back to defending their FA Cup crown when they make the trip to a downbeat Hillsborough on Wednesday night.
Eventually picking up a 2-1 win off of Aston Villa in the capital on Sunday afternoon, Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last four matches on the bounce and will undoubtedly still be boosted by their famous Champions League comeback out in Madrid last week.
On the flip side, while the mood in Manchester City’s camp might be at a high, Sheffield Wednesday have continued to show some real cause for concern since opening the New Year.
Hit with a 3-1 defeat at home against Derby on Saturday afternoon, Wednesday’s hosts have managed to win just one of their last eight matches across all competitions and also hold a worrying record against the defending champions.
Including a 7-0 hammering back in 2014, the Owls have lost each of their last three meetings against City, shipping at least a pair of goals in each of those defeats. You might be interested to know that another victory for Guardiola’s side and over 2.5 goals can be found at 8/13 with Betfair.
Rowett’s defensive headache
While Sheffield Wednesday may have shocked many following their immediate bounce after bringing in Gary Monk, the Owls have come crashing back down to earth and have seen their play-off charge take another major dent.
Hugely outplayed by Derby over the weekend and hit with a 3-1 defeat at Hillsborough, the Owls have landed just a sole victory since a 2-1 FA Cup win away at QPR back on January 24th.
While the former Middlesbrough boss may have been able to welcome back leading marksman Steven Fletcher on Saturday, there is no doubt that Monk will have a growing headache over his side’s continued issues at the back.
Shipping another trio of strikes against the Rams last time out, Sheffield Wednesday have managed to land just a sole clean sheet over the past seven weeks.
More worrying for fans around Hillsborough, Wednesday’s hosts have shipped three goals in three of their last four appearances and the Owls can be found priced at 5/6 with William Hill to once again ship over 2.5 goals in midweek.
City’s silverware sweep
Picking up a 2-1 win over Premier League scrappers Aston Villa and lifting yet another League Cup over the weekend, Manchester City certainly find the mood in their camp on the rise.
Looking to lift back-to-back FA Cup trophies this year, Pep Guardiola’s side also shocked many across Europe by coming from behind to snatch a Champions League advantage against Real Madrid last week.
Although Guardiola’s side might be continuing to show their usual clinical edge in the final third, Wednesday’s traveling support will be concerned by their side’s recent defensive mistakes, particularly on the road.
With John Stones’ slip costing City another clean sheet over the weekend, the former Barcelona boss has seen his side land just a sole clean sheet in three of their last four matches outside of Manchester.
Interestingly, the reigning champions have also failed to record a clean sheet in their last three FA Cup matches on the road, a run that has seen them ship goals against Swansea, Newport County, and Wigan.
You might be interested to know that City can be found priced at 5/6 with Coral to have their defence breached at Hillsborough in midweek.