The Owls travel to Manchester on Wednesday, looking to knock the current Premier League holders out of the League Cup.
Currently sitting sixth in the Championship table, Wednesday have started the season in impressive form, winning four of their eight games - losing just one. They beat Notts County 3-0 in the first round of the League Cup, before overcoming Premier League opposition in Burnley to secure they place in the third round.
Despite scoring just eight goals in eight games, Wednesday sit high in the table courtesy of some memorable defending, conceding just four in eight, and they have yet to concede in their two fixtures in the League Cup.
They will be looking a for a number of key players to make a difference, and there are three that stand out amongst the Owls’ ranks.
29-year old Westwood moved to Hillsborough this summer, signing a two-year deal following a less-than-productive stay with Sunderland. A key performer at this early stage of the season, goalkeeper Westwood has conceded just four goals in eight games, making 20 saves and conceding just two of four penalties faced; his save ratio of 87% is the second highest in the league. The Republic of Ireland international has been helped by a strong defensive display from his team, but if the Owls are looking to gain anything from the game with City, Westwood will have to continue with the strong performances that have characterised his early season.
Former Austria youth international Nuhiu is in his second season with the Owls, scoring eight times in 38 Championship games last season. A key attacking presence, the 25-year old has netted twice and registered two assists in eight games this season, acting as playmaker alongside consistent goalscorer Stevie May. However, a wastefulness has characterised his season in front of goal, with just two of his 14 sots finding their target this season. The forward will have to add a precision to his game if he wants to claim anything off City, with chances likely to be few and far between at the Etihad.
Signed this summer from St. Johnstone, with whom he netted 32 goals in 62 games, Scottish Under-21 international May signed a four-year deal. He has since scored three times for the Owls, including the winning goal on Saturday, as Reading left Hillsborough following a 1-0 defeat. Wednesday have yet to lose whilst May is playing, although he falls to the same weakness as his strike partner Nuhiu. A dreadful conversion rate of 11% means that he has scored just three on his 28 attempted shots, although he does convert 38% of his chances when they find the target - three goals from eight shots. With Wednesday likely to be on the back foot for much of the game, May will have the added pressure of converting what few chances he receives.