Wednesday v Newcastle
Saturday 7 January
Emirates FA Cup third round
Wednesday welcome Newcastle to S6 for the first time since April 2017 – with both sides in excellent nick ahead of the cup clash.
The Owls broke into the top two of League One last time out with a comprehensive home win over Cambridge, while the Magpies cemented their top-four Premier League slot following a goalless draw at leaders Arsenal.
Eddie Howe’s outfit have lost only one game all season in all competitions, while Wednesday’s three defeats is the joint-best record in League One.
Both teams are on extended runs of resistance, the Owls are 13 unbeaten and Newcastle 15.
Wednesday: Darren Moore has confirmed that skipper Barry Bannan will miss out as he continues to nurse a muscle strain.
The game will also come too soon for Lee Gregory (back), whose involvement in the Boxing Day victory at Fleetwood was cut short.
Recent absentees Dominic Iorfa (ankle) and Tyreeq Bakinson (illness) have trained this week and will return to the squad.
Newcastle: Eddie Howe is expected to shuffle his pack for the cup clash. The Magpies head to Hillsborough having travelled to the capital in midweek and they face Leicester at St James’ Park on Tuesday.
Howe said: “It's going to be down to me to try to get the balance right of how we prepare for this game and what team we pick. We want to win the game and want to go through.”
Record signing Alekander Isak may feature as he makes his way back to fitness from a hamstring injury.
The Swedish striker scored twice in his first three Premier League appearances but has not featured for Newcastle since September.
DARREN MOORE'S FULL PRESS CONFERENCE AS STREAMED LIVE
Supporters are reminded the cup-tie is all-ticket. Newcastle have sold their allocation for the West Stand, while limited availability remains for Wednesdayites.
Remember, you must log into the Owls’ official ticket website HERE to make your purchase online.
Alternatively, call 03700 20 1867 (option 1 - £2 booking fee per ticket) or visit the Ticket Office.
Should the tie be drawn after 90 minutes, we go straight to a replay at St James’ Park, scheduled for Tuesday 17 January (7:45pm).
FOURTH ROUND DRAW
The draw for the fourth round takes place on Sunday at 4:05pm, live on BBC1.
Should we be in the hat, the Owls are ball number 29.
Further, if Wednesday or Barnsley progress to round four, the League One fixture at Oakwell set for Sunday 29 January will be postponed.
The Tykes travel to Derby in the third round on Sunday.
As the football world continues to mourn the passing of Pele, the Owls have dedicated the front cover of Saturday’s programme to the Brazilian legend.
Pele twice graced the Hillsborough turf for Santos, in 1962 and 1972, the latter of which is featured this weekend.
Priced £3, your special edition of ‘Wednesday’ is available around the stadium.
BOOK OF CONDOLENCE
We were devastated to lose one of our own over the holiday period when long-serving member of staff Elaine Murphy sadly passed away.
There is a book of condolence in main reception for anyone who wishes to pay their respects before the game to the lady known simply as ‘Mrs Sheffield Wednesday’.
The Owls’ Fan Zone is open from 2:00pm until kick-off but will not reopen after the game.
The new floodlight installation at Hillsborough allows for a stunning light show ahead of kick-off, which will be in operation on Saturday.
* Due to the speed and frequency of the light intermittence, we strongly advise anyone with a photosensitive disorder to show caution before entering the stadium.
Referee - Michael Salisbury
Assistant Referee 1 - Gary Beswick
Assistant Referee 2 - Akil Howson
Fourth Official - Ollie Yates
Live commentary is available for supporters in the UK and overseas.
Audio passes are on sale now HERE
There is no live stream available for this game given competition regulations.
The hashtag for the game is #SHWNEW
Our official Twitter account @swfc will provide a blow-by-blow text update of the game, team news at 5:00pm and all the key updates from Hillsborough.
Our official Instagram @swfcofficial will also keep you up to date on the latest events, with content uploaded to the story throughout the matchday.
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8 April 2017 | Owls 2-1 Newcastle | Championship
26 December 2016 | Newcastle 0-1 Owls | Championship
23 September 2015 | Newcastle 0-1 Owls | League Cup
26 December 2009 | Owls 2-2 Newcastle | Championship
19 August 2009 | Newcastle 1-0 | Championship
Following isolated anti-social behaviour incidents earlier in the season, we are reinforcing the importance of all supporters staying within EFL Ground Regulations, which can be found HERE.
Under the banner of ‘Love Football. Protect The Game’ the FA, Premier League and EFL have together introduced new measures and stronger sanctions across the game to tackle the increased anti-social, discriminatory and criminal behaviours seen within football grounds.
Find out more HERE.