Sheffield Wednesday host Charlton Athletic in the lone Fifth Round FA Cup featuring two Championship teams. While both teams are in the bottom half of the table, Charlton has been struggling more than Sheffield in recent matches.
Recent form has been favorable for Sheffield and there have been several red cards tossed about in four out of their last six matches. This includes picking up red cards in three straight matches as well as playing against ten men in two matches and nine men in one match.
Their most recent game, against Wigan Athletic at home, ended 0-3, but seems like it may have been a matter of preparing for this weekend’s FA Cup clash.
Charlton are currently heading down the Championship table and have now lost three straight matches as well as losing four of their last six. In this time they have also picked up red cards in two of their losses.
Charlton has failed to score in three of their last six matches and kept clean sheets in their two wins in this time. Both of their recent wins have come in the FA Cup with their 0-3 away win against Oxford followed by the 0-1 against Huddersfield.
My pick is a Sheffield Wednesday win. They are favorites to advance and their recent form is more proof of why they are favorites. In their most recent six meetings Sheffield Wednesday has won two with three draws and one Charlton win.
Betting Odds (Bovada):
Sheffield win: 1/1; Draw: 23/10; Charlton win: 11/4
Recent Form: Sheff Wed (D, W, D, W, W, L) Charlton (L, W, W, L, L, L)
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 1 Charlton Athletic
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