Preview:FA Cup 5th Rd – #SWFC vs #CAFC (rearranged)

Attempt #2 when it comes to the FA Cup fifth round match at Hillsborough after the game was called off on the 15th.

Charlton have the opportunity to stop a steel city derby from taking place for the first time since 2012.

Sheffield Wednesday got to this round by beating Macclesfield on the second attempt after a 1-1 draw with the Skrill Premier side. They then trudged on to the fourth round where they took Rochdale aside who in the last round had knocked out Sheffield Wednesday rivals Leeds at Spotland.

Charlton beat Oxford at the Kassam Stadium after a draw at The Valley in the first game between the sides in the 3rd round. Charlton then continued their cup romance with Yorkshire side Huddersfield and Simon Church scoring the only goal of the game to put the Addicks in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup.

With a possibility of Wembley just two rounds away both sides will be desperate for a win on Monday but neither seemed to make too many changes at the weekend with Huddersfield and QPR being the opponents for the two sides. Sheffield Wednesday continued their 8th game unbeaten run by winning a Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town. Despite domination possession wise from Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday came out on top when goals from Helan and Magahoma gave them 3 more points in the battle for survival.

Charlton also came out on top when they encountered a London derby. The Addicks haven’t won a London derby since they beat Brentford in league one back in 2012 but thanks to captain fantastic Johnnie Jackson Charlton head into the FA Cup tie with heads held high.

Sheffield Wednesday could recall Leon Best to the first team just in time to face the club he snubbed to join Sheffield last week. Ex Charlton midfielder Jose Semedo could return to fitness alongside Benik Afobe and a possibility of seeing Reda Johnson being fit enough to face the London Club. Anthony Gardener will miss Mondays game with a long term injury.

Charlton will be without Leon Cort who is still not back from a knee injury he suffered in August and Charlton could still be without leading defender Chris Solly who continues to be suffering from a knee injury he picked up in January. Ben Hamer could be set to return to the first team after injury with Astrit Ajardevic and Marvin Sordell expected to line up after being rested ahead of the game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Dan Finch

(This Preview also appeared on the Charlton Live website)