Sheffield Wednesday vs. Rochdale Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 23, 2022 20:30 CET
The second round of the Carabao Cup starts on Tuesday. Sheffield Wednesday from League One will host Rochdale from the league below at Hillsborough Stadium.
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Sheffield Wednesday Team News
Sheffield has a solid start to the season with three wins, one draw, and a defeat after five games. Also, they beat Championship side, Sunderland, in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Sheffield is one of the favourites for the title and the promotion from League One. Darren Moore has an amazing squad with very quality players. They had a very difficult schedule at the start of the season and four of their first five opponents are the playoffs contenders. So, to win three out of five is amazing.
Under Darren Moore, Sheffield has a good defensive record. They have four clean sheets in the last five games and they failed to score in only one game from six.
The good thing for Darren Moore is that seven different players have already scored at least one goal.
This is the cup game and managers usually rotate a couple of players but Darren Moore made a promise that he will field a “strong” squad.
Rochdale Team News
Rochdale is in a terrible situation right now. They lost almost the entire squad during the summer, they are one of the weakest teams in League Two, and they started the season with five defeats after five games. They scored only one goal and because of that catastrophic run, they sacked manager Robbie Stockdale. Right now, defender Jimmy McNulty is a caretaker manager.
Rochdale struggles a lot on both sides of the pitch. They are the worst side in League Two in terms of xG (expected goals), and only Wimbledon and Colchester have the smallest number of shots on goal.
Simply, Rochdale is in big trouble this season and it will be very hard for them to stay up in this league. After the first five games, they conceded eight goals.
Their previous meeting was also in League Cup 2020 and Sheffield won away from home 0-2. That was their only meeting in the last eight years.
Team News and Injuries
Because this is a cup game both managers will rotate their squads.
Sheffield Wednesday: Michael Smith is out.
Rochdale: Tahvon Campbell and Luke Charman are out.
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Rochdale Prediction
Sheffield Wednesday is a very big favourite here. They will rotate but some players who will get a chance are still too strong for Rochdale. Rochdale is in a very difficult situation right now. The league must be their priority, not the cup game.
Even with a couple of changes in Sheffield’s squad, we believe that they will have an easy job here.
Prediction: Sheffield to score over 2.5 goals.