Sheffield Wed and Sunderland will go head to head at the Hillsborough Stadium in their EFL Cup first round tie on Wednesday night.
Sheffield Wed missed out on a spot in the Championship this season after losing out in the 2021/22 League One Playoffs last season. They now need a fast start to the new League One campaign to get over the disappointment and they have indeed opened the league strongly, with a 1-0 win over MK Dons last weekend following a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portsmouth on the first day.
They will be looking to maintain the momentum on Wednesday when they face Sunderland in the EFL Cup. They were knocked out at this stage of the competition last season after losing to Huddersfield Town on penalties and will be hoping for better luck this time around.
Meanwhile Sunderland managed to earn their spot in the Championship after winning the League One playoffs last season. They have made a strong start back in the Championship claiming four points from opening two games, after drawing 1-1 with Coventry City on the first day before beating Bristol City 3-2 last weekend.
They will be looking to maintain their momentum with a positive result on Wednesday in the League Cup. They enjoyed a brilliant run in the competition last season, making it to the quarterfinals before losing to Premier League outfit Arsenal, and will be hoping to replicate those heights this season.
Sheffield Wed vs Sunderland head to head
Both sides have met in 12 encounters since 2007 with Sunderland claiming six victories while Sheffield Wed have claimed four victories and there have been two draws.
- Sheffield Wed 1-1 Sunderland 09/05/22
- Sunderland 1-0 Sheffield Wed 06/05/22
- Sunderland 5-0 Sheffield Wed 30/12/21
- Sheffield Wed 3-0 Sunderland 02/11/21
- Sunderland 0-2 Sheffield Wed 16/08/18
- MK Dons 0-1 Sheffield Wed
- Sheffield Wed 3-3 Portsmouth
- Wigan 4-1 Sheffield Wed
- Sheffield Wed 0-2 Rayo Vallecano
- Bournemouth 2-1 Sheffield Wed
- Bristol City 2-3 Sunderland
- Sunderland 1-1 Coventry
- Hartlepool 1-1 Sunderland
- Accrington 2-1 Sunderland
- Bradford 2-0 Sunderland
Sheffield Wed team news
Wednesday will be without Michael Smith due injury, while Akin Famewo is a doubt.
Sunderland team news
Sunderland will be without Niall Huggins through an injury.
Prediction and odds
- Sunderland win
- Both sides to score
- Goals over 2.5