Sheffield Wednesday will return to FA Cup action on Friday with the aim of advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2019-20 season, after advancing through the third round in emphatic fashion early this year.The Owls were drawn at home to fellow
Championship outfit Cardiff City in their first game of this year’s competition, and they dished out a 4-0 beating to advance, as Josh Windass, Liam Palmer and Mallik Wilks got on the scoresheet alongside a Romaine Sawyers own goal.That triumph made it three wins on
the bounce for Danny Rohl’s side, who had moved closer to safety in the Championship with back-to-back triumphs over Preston North End and Hull City around the turn of the year, but they have since seen their momentum
halted in the fight for survival with back-to-back league defeats heading into Friday’s contest.The South Yorkshire outfit firstly travelled to promotion-chasing Southampton and suffered a 4-0 beating, with Che Adams, Adam Armstrong,
Ryan Fraser and Sekou Mara helping themselves to goals, before most recently hosting Coventry City on Saturday and seeking to avenge a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat, only to fall to another loss with Josh Windass’s goal only enough to pull the score back to 2-1.With their deficit to 21st-placed Huddersfield Town
now stretched back to five points with 18 league games to go, Sheffield Wednesday will turn their focus to the FA Cup on Friday and bid to advance and rebuild a degree of momentum before returning to their league pursuits against Watford on Wednesday
Their visitors, meanwhile, will travel to Hillsborough for the second time in a week in search of a third win over Friday’s hosts this season, with their sights set on the FA Cup round of 16 having not surpassed this stage in the last five attempts.
Coventry City also entered this year’s iteration of the FA Cup in the third round and advanced in similarly dominant fashion to the Owls, hosting third-tier Oxford United and dishing out a 6-2 beating as Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Sheaf, Kasey Palmer and Callum O’Hare all found the net before Matt Godden added a late brace.
That result came in the midst of an impressive league run for Mark Robins’s side, who have quickly scaled the Championship table with a nine-match unbeaten streak producing six victories including two triumphs over Friday’s opponents, firstly prevailing in a 2-0 win at home on Boxing Day thanks to Tatsuhhiro Sakamoto’s brace.
Then following the cup win and a 3-1 beating of league leaders Leicester City, thanks to Callum O’Hare’s brace and a Milan van Ewijk goal, the Sky Blues most recently travelled to South Yorkshire for the reverse fixture on Saturday and held on for a 2-1 victory, having initially gone two goals ahead through a Ben Sheaf double.