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Stuart Dalgleish 10th Aug 2011 - 17:43

Goals are on the menu at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool preview - 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1

With both Sheffield Wednesday (6/4) and Blackpool (9/5, draw 23/10) having promotion as their number one target, it is likely two mixed sides will take to the field at Hillsborough for this Carling Cup first round clash.

Wednesday could give a debut to their new striker Chris O'Grady (6/1) after he signed from Rochdale, but it would likely be from the bench, ironically he came off the bench in his last appearance for Dale in their opening day defeat to Wednesday.

That match finished 2-0 to the Owls, and Gary Megson will have been impressed by his teams tempo and crisp passing, as they were disappointing last campaign when a promotion push was expected from them.

One of the players that performed so well in the middle of the park was David Prutton (12/1), the long-haired midfielder showed what he is all about - commitment, determination and best of all an eye for goal, he slammed in a beauty from the edge of the box and will be someone to follow for an anytime scorer bet throughout the season (5/1 to score in this match).

Another fellow debutant notched at the weekend too, Rob Jones (25/1) opened the scoring and kept a clean-sheet to boot, it was a perfect start all round for Megson's men and expectation is now high around S6 for a top two finish.

Similarly, Blackpool will have high hopes for a return to the top flight after their impressive opening day victory at Hull; they've lost two massive players from last season's rollercoaster Premier League campaign but have a decent squad and will surely be in and around the play-off spots.

Ian Holloway will give some of those squad players the chance to shine in Sheffield, Craig Sutherland (6/1) is likely to make his first start up front to keep Kevin Phillips (6/1) fresh for the weekend, while Mark Halstead is the likely candidate to take the gloves from Matt Gilks, who has an ankle injury.

Such is the size of Holloway's pool of players, he could be tempted to keep seven or eight for Saturday; last season he made wholesale changes in cup games so don't be surprised to see some very unfamiliar faces take to the field on Thursday night.

I think one thing will remain constant with Ollie's boys though - the great attacking style of football we all appreciated in the Premier League last season.

We could see plenty of goals in South Yorkshire; over 2.5 is surely a 'steel' at 10/11, but the 9/4 on over 3.5 looks really tempting too.

I think Wednesday's strength in dept is probably stronger than Blackpool's so I reckon they could take it, and with goals expected I'd have a cheeky punt on 3-2 at 28/1, 3-1 is an 18/1 chance.

James O'Connor (10/1) will probably get more of a run-out after only appearing for the final 10 minutes at the weekend, the popular midfielder is not a goal-machine by any stretch, but can get forward and could be worth a punt at 7/2 for an anytime scorer.

The league is always going to be a priority, but with several players eager to impress and make a case for first team involvement, we should be in for a cracking cup tie at Hillsborough.

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