Sheffield Wednesday have drawn fellow Championship side Fulham in what will be a great FA Cup tie.
The Owls sit just outside the play-off positions in 7th, two points behind sixth placed Ipswich and have performed well under new manager Carlos Carvalhal this season.
Meanwhile Fulham have had a season full of ups and downs and are currently on a poor run of form with their only win in the last ten coming against relegation strugglers Rotherham.
This tie will be a good time for Fulham to pick up a much needed win to boost the confidence in the team, Wednesday are a good side and they will need to be at their best to beat the South Yorkshire team.
Carvalhal will most likely see this match against the Cottagers as a chance to give a few youngsters a first team chance but both sides will likely stay very strong as they are evenly matched.
Fulham have been successful away from home in the FA Cup third round, winning their last six when drawn away from home. The two sides met in the last round of league matches and Sheffield came out on top winning 1-0, but the slate will be wiped clean here and the game could be very even.
Here are THREE things to look out for in Sheffield Wednesday’s game against Fulham:
1) Wednesday’s injury list may hinder them
Fulham have nearly a full squad of players for Jokanovic to choose from for this cup tie.
This is a good time for the Fulham boss to test his players and ask them to stake their claim for a place in the first team. He can rotate the squad with little to no restrictions and none of his players appear to have fared badly over the busy Christmas schedule.
Carvalhal has a few injury problems in the squad, the likes of Marco Matias and Sergiu Bus are on the verge of recovering from injury but there are still important players who are tired after a busy Christmas schedule.
Tom Lees and Michael Turner are also out injured for Wednesday and in what looks to be an even match-up, it could be that match fitness determines who can get the win.
2) The Owls could reach the fourth round for only the fourth time in their last 13 third round fixtures.
Sheffield Wednesday have not had the best of times in the FA Cup in recent years with only 3 wins in their last twelve in the third round.
It will be a great boost to the fans to reach the fourth round as they will want to show that they can compete with the best if they reach the next round.
Carvalhal will most likely see the FA Cup as second most important compared to their bid for promotion but the prospect of being in and around the promotion places and having a good cup run will endear him to the fans and the board.
3) The match could well go to a replay.
Fulham have won their last six away third round ties in the FA Cup but five of them have required replays.
Jokanovic will want to make sure the tie does not go to a replay as the team must start picking up results to get back on track in the league.
Carlos Carvalhal will be thinking the same as a replay could tire out the main players in his squad as they look to build up momentum for a promotion push.
History could repeat well repeat itself and the game could end with neither team on top.
Fulham and Wednesday fans…What do you think the score will be? Will there be a replay needed? Let us know in the comments below!