Sheffield Wednesday endured a poor time of things as they went just W3-D5-L11 across their final 19 games in all competitions last season, including eight defeats from the final 12 of these.
They have however started the new campaign in much better form, beating Walsall (on penalties) and Rochdale in this tournament, as well as taking all three points on the road at Cardiff (who finished fifth last term) and a point hosting newly relegated Watford in their last fixture.
Garry Monk is only missing two senior players, defensive duo Chey Dunkley and Osaze Urhoghide, though neither have featured this term so far and it shouldn’t make the world of difference here.
Neither Julian Borner nor Moses Odubajo were involved against Watford and could come back into the matchday squad, along with Ciaran Brennan and Conor Grant, and we wouldn’t expect Monk to put out his best team.
The Owls were hit with a 12-point deduction this season and despite a positive start, remain on minus eight and will need to focus resources on the league.
Both Teams To Score
Fulham are already looking in trouble after just two games in the top flight, getting thoroughly outclassed 3-0 at home to Arsenal, before ultimately coming off second best in a 4-3 thriller when travelling to Marcelo Bielsa’s exciting Leeds.
They did manage a 1-0 win away at Ipswich in their other appearance, but a narrow triumph over the League One outfit doesn’t inspire total confidence in their chances here.
However, the Cottagers do possess the superior squad and having missed their last outing, the likes of Bobby Reid, Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream and Tom Cairney should all come into the team, while Mario Lemina will get more than the 20 minutes he had against Leeds.
Those players will certainly help Fulham find the target, something they don’t particularly struggle with on home turf in any case as they’d failed to score in just two of their last 17 at this venue prior to hosting the Gunners.
Sheffield Wednesday are yet to concede this term after four games, but they went down 5-3 when they last faced Fulham, with that game taking place here at Craven Cottage as recently as July.
Both teams found the net in each of the head to heads last term and given Fulham have looked very leaky at the back in the new campaign, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the visitors register on the board. Indeed, they’ve done so in 24 of 29 away matches since the start of last season.