Sheffield Wednesday can confirm that a significant number of club personnel have returned positive results for COVID-19 following tests conducted this week. Amongst those affected are caretaker manager Neil Thompson and his temporary assistants Lee Bullen and Steven Haslam. The trio will be absent from the away trip to St James Park in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup. They have not revealed how many players will be missing, just that academy coach Andy Holdsworth will lead the team made up of first-team players and players from their Under-23 and Under 18 teams. The club’s training complex was closed down earlier this week and will remain so until further notice. Unlike the EFL, FA rules stipulate that teams must fulfill the fixture if they have 14 players or more fit and available to play, which is the case for the men from Hillsborough. They finally got into good form in the Championship with 4 games without defeat and dropped out of the relegation zone thanks to a better goal difference compared to Derby County. Their games outside of Hillsborough are a real problem because they lost 6 and draw 2 times in their last 8 away travels.
Exeter City manager Matt Taylor says that the home team had no positive results from their latest round of testing for Covid-19. They are currently 10th in League Two but well placed to climb the table with several games in hand over those immediately above. Their form heading into the cup clash is mixed with one win, a defeat, and a draw, but on St James Park they are one of the best teams in League Two, as was the case in previous seasons.
I think that the main priority for Sheffield Wednesday is to secure their place in the Championship and with these problems and rotations in FA Cup will be hard to deal with low-ranking teams that want to compete in the Cup. If you also want to get the best odds for this game and take advantage of the high limits, sign-up for the best betting software, VIP-IBC.