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The Carabao Cup continues on Tuesday night for the Owls with a trip to the Macron Stadium, Bolton, on the menu for the Owls. As everyone knows the League Cup competition has become a little less valued over the past twenty or so years, but there’s no doubt that no one wants Wednesday to not succeed against Wanderers.

Both sides will see it as a chance to progress to the third round, where they could face Premier League opposition and earn a little bit more for getting through. For Wednesday though it’s a chance to start a bit of a winning run and possibly also make it a potential five game run without defeat. There will of course be a changed line up for the Owls after that win at Fulham at the weekend, as we know Carlos Carvalhal likes to use his squad to it’s fullest in the cup competitions.

Bolton welcome the Owls after an up and down start to their 17/18 campaign, they defeated Crewe in the first round of the League cup but have yet to taste victory in their return to the Championship. Losing both their home games but picking up creditable draws away from home.


As mentioned we know that the starting line up will be vastly different to that who took to the pitch at Craven Cottage, with Frederico Venancio expected to make his Owls bow alongside Tom Lees in defence. It is expected that Glenn Loovens will be left out to continue his recovery from a back injury while Sam Hutchinson continues to be left out through injury. Liam Palmer could come in for Jack Hunt whilst Morgan Fox maybe one of less than a handful of players who could stay in the side.

Of course behind the defence Joe Wildsmith will be the ‘keeper as as been the norm when it comes to League Cup fixtures since Carvalhal’s reign as Owl’s gaffer started.

Almen Abdi could feature again after he was left out at the weekend as he continues to try to gain valuable match fitness following his lengthy knee problems. Ross Wallace could return and there will probably be a chance for Marco Matias out wide on the left.

Up front there could be the sight of Sam Winnall and Fernando Forestieri spearheading the Wednesday attack… But of course Atdhe Nuhiu will be hoping it’s his chance to feature. Plenty of permutations as always for Carvalhal to choose from.


Phil Parkinson too is said to be shuffling his pack for the visit of the Wednesday as he expects to blood two youngsters in his line up. Jack Earing and Antonee Robinson, on loan from Everton, are expected to feature whilst a host of more experienced heads are also said to come back into the Wanderers line up.

There should be at least one familiar face in the Bolton starting line up as Will Buckley will no doubt want to be given the chance to show the Owls just what they missed last season. Ben Alnwick, Stephen Darby, Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham could also come back in after playing in the Trotter’s first round win over Crewe Alexandra.

They’ll definitely be without Josh Vela and Sammy Ameobi, but we could see former Owls, Gary Madine and Mark Beevers on the bench at least.

Some Stats V Wanderers…

Tuesday night’s game will be the fourth meeting in the League Cup between the two sides, with the Owls tasting victory twice and Wanderers just once, and that was the last League cup clash between the sides in 1999, when a solitary goal from Robbie Elliott gave the home side the win.

There’s been an average of over two goals per game in the last five league meetings between the sides, but they all came in three games which had 0-0 draws inbetween them! (I suppose there could be a 0-0 tonight BEFORE penalties?)

Overall the record between the sides reads….

Wednesday wins 52, Bolton wins 39, Draws 27.

Last time out V Bolton in Bolton…

Final Thoughts..

Some people don’t like the cup, especially the League cup despite it being our last proper silverware to the club all those years ago at Wembley. It’s a distraction, it’s more games for players to have to recover from, chance of injuries etc etc. However, for me we’ve got a squad big enough to rotate players and even our ‘second string’ team would be better than one we’ve had as our first team in the not so distant past.

With all talk of match fitness and injuries, surely it’s better to have our squad players fitter, and in a better mental frame of mind from having potentially had a taste of the winning feeling should they be required?

Aside from that though, getting into a winning habit is something I’d love us to do more than anything. However it happens and you can only beat the side in front of you. Let’s do this. Let’s get to round three.


Bolton 0 Wednesday 2

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