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It’s the “Nobody Gives a Stuff” Cup Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

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Peter Atherton of Sheffield Wednesday

Last night I sat through the crushing disappointment of Summerslam. I looked forward to it for ages and then it came about and it was TERRIBLE.

I won’t be making the same mistake tonight as Bolton Wanderers host fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup Second Round. For one thing, it’s £15 a ticket to watch our reserves - and for another thing it’s the bleedin’ League Cup and who cares about that?

Word from Wednesday is that they’ve shifted 2000 tickets. Do you think we’ll manage to exceed that number? I’d be amazed if there was 7,000 on.

Anyway, my inner thoughts aside, let’s have a look at what to expect from the game.

Even the Wednesday manager, Carlos Carvahal, has admitted to it being an afterthought at best:

“It is not the main competition. We don’t take risks. We will play a strong team and we will try to go as far as we can, but understanding again the situation.”

Wanderers are expected to give starts to Will Buckley and Aaron Wilbraham, as they too look to the weekend’s action as a priority rather than tonight’s game. I would hope that Parkinson gives Jack Earing another runout, along with the likes of Ben Alnwick

In terms of our opposition, FM favourite of mine, Joe Wildsmith, is expected to start in goal, whilst Wanderers will have a familiar foe up front in the shape of the returning Jordan Rhodes, who missed Saturday’s win at Fulham.

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