Kick-off: 1945, 16/08/2018
Stadium: Stadium of Light
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield Wednesday were convincing winners at the Stadium of Light in the Championship in April and can repeat the trick against Sunderland in Thursday’s televised EFL Cup clash.
The Owls have a similar squad this season, whereas the Black Cats have continued to cut costs since dropping down into League One.
We reckon 9/5 for an away victory is great value and that gets the nod as our first Sunderland vs Sheff Wed prediction.
A Look At Sunderland’s Betting Odds
Sunderland have made a solid start to the new campaign under former St Mirren boss Jack Ross as they look to rebuild following back-to-back relegations.
The Black Cats came from behind to snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over Charlton at this venue and then drew 1-1 at Luton in an action-packed encounter.
Former Fulham trainee Josh Maja, 19, netted in both of those games, while USA international Lynden Gooch has impressed in midfield.
However, getting back up to the Championship is the clear priority and Sunderland no longer have the strength in depth to shuffle their pack and still bring in proven performers.
Looking at the Sunderland vs Sheff Wed odds, the Black Cats could be vulnerable at the back, so 17/5 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game is another tempting option.
A Look At Sheffield Wednesday’s Betting Odds
Wednesday finished 15th in England’s second tier last term, 20 points ahead of this week’s opponents, and they again look mid-table candidates.
Jos Luhukay will not be happy with one point from their opening two games, but the Owls played well in a 3-2 loss at Wigan and were the better team when drawing 1-1 at home to Hull.
Luhukay is also expected to make changes for this competition but has plenty of options, especially up front.
Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher are experienced first-choice strikers, while Atdhe Nuhiu, Lucas Joao, Gary Hooper and Marco Matias are other useful forwards, even if Sam Winnall is still unfit.
Let’s add 11/2 for the visitors to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to our Sunderland vs Sheff Wed betting tips.
Luton 1-1 SUNDERLAND – Josh Maja
SHEFF WED 1-1 Hull – Fernando Forestieri (pen)
Head-to-head: Sunderland 1-3 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 1-1 Sunderland
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