Kick-off: 1945, 04/03/2020
TV: BBC One
Having completed a hat-trick of EFL Cup triumphs, Manchester City should move closer towards back-to-back FA Cup victories when visiting Sheffield Wednesday.
Garry Monk’s Owls are a mid-table Championship outfit who have lost five of their last seven fixtures at Hillsborough in that division.
With some heavy defeats suffered here of late, we like 23/20 for an away win and over 3.5 goals in the game as our initial Sheff Wed vs Man City prediction.
A Look At Sheffield Wednesday’s Betting Odds
Wednesday looked potential promotion contenders when picking up 13 points out of 15 in the run-up to Christmas, but just two league victories in 13 has tempered such ambitions.
Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Derby, when all of County’s goals were scored in the first half an hour, left Monk contemplating “probably the most difficult moment” of his career.
“It was a very unfortunate first goal, but what you can’t do in the aftermath of an unfortunate goal is compound that with really poor mistakes,” moaned the manager.
On the plus side, the Owls had previously performed much better in drawing 3-3 at Birmingham and beating Charlton 1-0, when Steven Fletcher grabbed a stoppage-time decider.
Wednesday will also take heart from prevailing away to Brighton and QPR in earlier rounds of this competition.
Scotland forward Fletcher was hauled off at half-time over the weekend but tends to save his best performances for big matches.
Looking at the Sheff Wed vs Man City odds, we reckon 16/5 for the 32-year-old to net at any time here is fair value.
A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds
City were made to work hard for Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Aston Villa, but we did predict that would happen when picking out three successful bets in our preview of the EFL Cup final.
Add last season’s FA Cup, as well as Premier League and Community Shield honours, and the Blues have now won eight of the last nine domestic trophies in England.
Pep Guardiola has no intention of resting on his laurels, though, stating: “Everyone knows we have the responsibility to fight and try to win titles and games.
“Now it’s recovery. We have Sheffield Wednesday, Man United, Burnley, Champions League – there is no time to rest or celebrate.
“But I think when we remember what he have done, it is because these players have something special.”
Gabriel Jesus was only used as a late substitute at Wembley but tends to do well in domestic cup ties.
The Brazil striker has netted seven times in eight FA Cup appearances, including when bagging a brace in City’s 4-0 stroll against Fulham in round four this term.
Let’s finish off our Sheff Wed vs Man City betting tips by taking 13/5 for Jesus to break the deadlock at Hillsborough.
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