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Owls v Blackpool FA Cup preview

Wednesday
vs.
Blackpool

Hillsborough, Sheffield

Tuesday, February 7

7.45pm

On Sky

IT'S back to FA Cup action for Wednesday tonight when they look to book a place in the fifth round with victory over Blackpool at Hillsborough.

A trip to Goodison Park to take on Premier Leaague Everton awaits the winner of the fourth round replay clash at what's set to be a chilly S6.

The Owls were a minute away from progression without the need for a replay when Clinton Morrison put Gary Megson's men on-course for victory at Bloomfield Road in the original contest.

But that man Kevin Phillips, who so often loves to score late on against Wednesday, netted a last-gasp penalty to level.

There has to be a winner tonight...

Wednesday Team News:

Both sides will be keen for progression into the next round but, with the fixtures piling up for Wednesday this month, boss Gary Megson may ring the changes once again.

The Owls will already be without former Blackpool man Miguel Llera, who is cup-tied, and Rob Jones has been struggling through injury of late, meaning there could be a recall for Mark Beevers at the back.

Mike Jones is also cup-tied from his time with Bury, meaning Chris Sedgwick could get the nod in midfield, while Jermaine Johnson is set to play to keep his purple patch of form ticking over.

Megson rested both Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady from the original cup tie and he could do the same again, with Clinton Morrison and Ryan Lowe eager for starting roles.

Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson

The Jamaican has been in a purple patch at form and is expected to play some part against Blackpool, whether it be from the start or as an impact substitute.

Blackpool Team News:

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is also set to rotate his squad with his focus very much on the league.

The Seasiders are in a rich vein of form of late, moving up to fourth in the Championship, and will be full of confidence for the trip to Hillsborough.

Ian Evatt will be missing through suspension, however, and Kevin Phillips and Roman Bednar could get starting roles in attack after featuring from the bench recently.

Keith Southern will miss out through an ankle injury.

Player to watch: Kevin Phillips

Phillips may be 39 but he shows no signs of slowing down in the goal stakes. His impact has been from the bench in recent weeks, but he could get the chance to show he can do it from the start at Hillsborough.

Match Facts & Stats

Form:

Wednesday: W-D-D-W-D

Blackpool: W-W-D-W-D

Head-to-Head:

Wednesday wins: 39

Blackpool wins: 24

Draws: 15

Last Time Out:

Blackpool 1-1 Wednesday

Bloomfield Road, 28/01/12

Wednesday were heading for the FA Cup fifth round when the sides met late last month. Clinton Morrison fired them ahead but Kevin Phillips scored a late, late penalty to send the game to a replay.

Next Fixtures:

v Exeter City (A) - 11/02/12

v Stevenage (H) - 14/02/12


Writer:Nick
Date:Monday February 6 2012
Time: 9:55PM

Comments

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Stop the Phillips brothers scoring and we'll be ok, then again I wouldn't be too upset if we go out, I don't want a cup run scuppering the promotion charge, promotion would be more valuable than going one more round, doubt we'd get much joy at Goodison anyway.
sussexowl
07/02/2012 10:31:00
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But can they cope with the Johnson brothers? Bags of incentive but next to no pressure. We beat West Ham we can beat this lot.
OurMaurice
07/02/2012 11:04:00
0
I would love to see us go as far as possible in the FA Cup and with Megson rotating his squad I don't see how this can have anything but a positive impact on our league form. Think he should start Madine just so he can get some game time under his belt as at the moment I'm not to impressed with his impact since returning from injury. Anyone know if Bostock is cup tied?
SWFC Tubes 84
07/02/2012 11:22:00
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I believe bostock is cup tied along with Llera and mike jones. I would expect around 5 or 6 changes to the starting line up but should still have a strong enough team to give them a game. 3 points Saturday would be preferred.
sussexowl
07/02/2012 15:00:00
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