Both teams go into the game high on confidence (©GettyImages)
Both teams go into the game high on confidence (©GettyImages).

Sheffield Wednesday vs Macclesfield Town - Match Preview

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Sheffield Wednesday entertain Macclesfield Town in an FA Cup third round replay tonight at Hillsborough, after the sides played out 1-1 at Moss Rose last weekend.

Both side go into the match in great form, with Wednesday coming off the back of a 6-0 victory over Leeds United at the weekend to make them unbeaten in five games in all competitions.

The Owls have only conceded two goals in their last five games, scoring 10 themselves in the process.

Macclesfield Town are also unbeaten in five games, and haven't played since the 1-1 draw with Wednesday.

The Silkmen are the lowest-placed team left in the competition, as they currently sit 12th in the Skrill Premier.

Arsenal loanee goalkeeper Damian Martinez is set to start in goal for Sheffield Wednesday, and Macclesfield have no fresh injury concerns so should have a full squad to pick from.

Sheffield Wednesday have won the FA Cup three times in their history, the last of which came in 1935, and will be looking to go at least one round better than last year when they were eliminated by Milton Keynes Dons in their third round replay.

Macclesfield will hope to emulate their best ever FA Cup run, which happened last season, when they knocked out Cardiff City at this stage before getting beaten by eventual winners Wigan Athletic in the fourth round.

Owls striker Chris Maguire thinks they have enough to win the game though, and whilst he isn't taking the challenge lightly, he's confident the hosts can reach the next round.

“The replay is now at our place, a bigger pitch and better surface. After the Leeds result we are confident ahead of the game. We want a good Cup run," he said, according to the Yorkshire Post.

“This is the FA Cup, anything can happen. You see it every year that smaller teams go out and perform against bigger clubs, because that game is their Cup ‘final’. 

"They will want to go out and impress, but if we go out and show the attitude we have had in recent weeks, no disrespect to Macclesfield, but we will win the game."

The victors of this tie will face League Two side Rochdale at Spotland in the fourth round, after they beat Leeds in the last round.

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