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Can Everton squeeze past Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round?

Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday Preview 24/01/2021

21 January 2021 | FA Cup | Preview
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Can Everton squeeze past Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round?

Everton host Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday. Both clubs have their eyes on progression to the fifth round and a step closer to the cup final.

Sheffield Wednesday are in form going into the fourth-round fixture on Sunday. The Owls are unbeaten in five straight matches in all competitions heading into the weekend. They defeated Exeter City in the third round 2-0.

The Owls do have their attention taken by the Championship where they are in 23rd place. The club were docked points ahead of the season and are now nearing the exit of the bottom three. Three points separate them from safety.

Everton are going strong in the league and go into the fourth round of the FA Cup unbeaten in two straight matches in all competitions.

The club were originally to play Aston Villa in the build-up to the FA Cup match with Sheffield Wednesday, but that game was postponed.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team are scoring goals with 41 struck in 22 matches in all competitions. The Toffees average 1.86 goals per game while conceding 1.23 per match in all competitions.

The manager could be without up to four players for the match. Defensive midfielder Allan is ruled out of the match. He is expected to return in late January. Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are both ruled out as well.

Ancelotti is waiting on the fitness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker is nursing a thigh injury and is a doubt.

Five Sheffield Wednesday players could miss the match at the weekend. Joost van Aken is suffering from a foot injury but could return in time for Sunday. Julian Borner has a head injury and could miss out on the match this weekend.

Dominic Iorfa is ruled out for the rest of the campaign with an Achilles tendon injury. Jack Marriott and Aden Flint are also potentially out of this weekend’s match.

Goal scoring has been difficult to come by for Sheffield Wednesday. They average a mere 0.7 goals per match scored while conceding an average of 0.93 to opponents each game.

Sheffield Wednesday should have their eyes on survival in the Championship. The Owls should struggle against Everton’s defence as the Toffees clip their wings.

Everton should gain a victory at home and progress to the next round of the competition. Expect a win to nil for the Premier League club.

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