Following a fortnight of curtain-raising action across England, domestic midweek football finally returns with the start of the EFL Cup. Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland will have their sights set on promotion this campaign, being fourth in League One and second in the Championship respectively (as things stand), but the EFL Cup remains one of the country’s most cherished competitions.
Sunderland have fond memories of Hillsborough, having only recently knocked Sheffield Wednesday out of the League One play-off semi-finals last season, winning 2-1 on aggregate, including a 1-0 home triumph and a 1-1 draw in South Yorkshire, in which Patrick Roberts famously netted in the 93rd minute to confirm a place at Wembley for the Mackems.
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Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland match stats
Ross Stewart played like a man possessed whenever he faced Sheffield Wednesday last season. In Sunderland’s 5-0 win at the Stadium of Light in December, the 26-year-old Scotland international bagged a hat-trick, while he also got the decisive goal in the first leg of the play-offs. Across those two League One matches (excluding play-offs), Stewart managed four shots on target against Sheff Wed with 80% shooting accuracy and three goals netted from open play.
09 May 2022 – Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sunderland – League One play-offs
06 May 2022 – Sunderland 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday – League One play-offs
30 Dec 2021 – Sunderland 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday – League One
02 Nov 2021 – Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Sunderland – League One
16 Aug 2018 – Sunderland 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday – EFL Cup
It was an interesting winter period for Sunderland last season as they lost 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in November, capitulating to goals from Theo Corbeanu, Florian Kamberi and Lee Gregory, before smashing the Owls 5-0 a month later. They then, of course, met in the play-offs, with Alex Neil masterminding semi-final success before winning the Wembley showpiece 2-0 against Wycombe Wanderers.