Following on from their disappointing 2-1 defeat at home against Oxford United that saw a late injury-time winner secure the three points for the visitors in their previous League One match, Sheffield Wednesday face Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Their previous cup match saw the Owls beat Newcastle United’s U23 side 3-0 back in August thanks to goals from Sylla Sow, Marvin Johnson and Liam Palmer.
In terms of their opponents, Mansfield have only managed to win two of their opening ten League Two games of the season, drawing three and losing five along the way, leaving them in 22nd place in the table.
Looking ahead to how the Owls may line up, according to the rules of the competition, at least four Wednesday players that started the match against Oxford must play in the midweek clash.
Taking this into account, here’s how we feel the Owls will set up against the League Two side, with a total of six changes on the cards for their latest cup showdown from the team that started against Oxford.
In goal, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell being away on international duty, we feel Moore will give Joe Wildsmith the chance to shine.
For the defensive line, we feel that Moore will go with three of the four that started against Oxford, with Jaden Brown replacing Marvin Johnson in the left-back position after he was named as an unused substitute at the weekend.
In midfield, we think Moore will stick with Lewis Wing and Dennis Adeniran whilst bringing £5.3k-per-week Fisayo Dele-Bashiru back into the side. That means Barry Bannan is left out despite impressing against Oxford after earning himself an overall match rating of 7.8/10 according to SofaScore. He earns a rest for their next league fixture against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.
For the attacking line, we expect Sow to return alongside Theo Corbeanu and Florian Kamberi to try and get the goals for Wednesday.
While Wednesday will undoubtedly be heading out looking to get a positive result against Mansfield, we feel as though the club’s main priority will be getting out of League One by the end of the season and may not be too disheartened if they don’t make it to the next stage of the Papa John’s Trophy.