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Match preview: Exeter v Owls

8 January 2021

It’s the FA Cup third round on Saturday with Wednesday taking on Exeter City at St James Park.

From a Wednesday perspective, the spate in COVID-19 positive cases will see changes in the dugout.

As announced earlier this week, our Under-18 manager Andy Holdsworth will be in charge from the sidelines, along with Daral Pugh, Nicky Weaver and Tony Strudwick.

Wednesday head into the cup-tie in good form having amassed 10 points from a possible 12.

Exeter are currently 10th in League Two.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides since our 2011/12 promotion campaign.

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Saturday 9 January
- Kick-off, 3.00pm
- Emirates FA Cup third round
- St James Park

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OFFICIALS

Referee - Dean Whitestone
Assistant Referee 1 - Mark Russell
Assistant Referee 2 - Christopher Wade
Fourth Official - Kevin Johnson

LIVE BROADCAST

Our cup-tie this weekend will be broadcast live on BT Sport Extra 5.

BT Sport is available on a monthly basis for £25 HERE, including full access to the Grecians v the Owls and all BT Sports Features.

All subscriptions made directly through this link will generate revenue for the club.

MATCH DETAILS

- In the event the game is drawn after 90 minutes, 30 minutes extra time will be played.

- Should the score remain level after extra time, the game will be decided on the day by penalties.

- There will be no live pictures on iFollow this weekend due to broadcaster agreements but commentary will be provided on iFollow in partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield.

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ROUNDS FOUR AND FIVE

The draws for both the Fourth and Fifth Round of the FA Cup will take place on Monday 11 January to aid with fixture scheduling.

They will be conducted live on BT Sport 1 and the winner of our cup-tie with Exeter will be represented by ball number 28.

TEAM NEWS

SWFC: Josh Windass suffered a hamstring injury in our 1-0 win over Derby last time out.

Though ruled out of the trip to Exeter, Nei lThompson revealed the injury isn’t as serious as first feared.

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With Middlewood Road closed this week and players training independently, Thompson said on Friday morning it had been difficult to thoroughly assess injuries, but believes the extra few days away from the training ground may have been of benefit given the relentless fixture schedule.

Windass aside, no fresh injuries have been reported since the win over the Rams but it is likely our starting XI and bench will have numerous changes.

Exeter: The Grecians will be without Pierce Sweeney (hamstring), while ex-Owl Rory McArdle (knee) is a doubt.

Midfielder Josh Key is back available for selection after recovering from COVID-19.

FORM GUIDE

Wednesday: LWDWW
Exeter: LLWLD

LAST FIVE v Exeter

Exeter 2-1 Owls – 11 February 2012 – League One
Owls 3-0 Exeter – 24 September 2011 – League One
Owls 1-2 Exeter – 7 May 2011 – League One
Exeter 5-1 Owls – 18 December 2010 – League One
Exeter 1-0 Owls – 26 April 1980 – Division Three


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