Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Spotland
Rochdale
1-2
Sheff WedsSheffield Wednesday
Rose (59')
Eastham (5'), Lund (19'), Rose (84')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Mattock (49'), Onyewu (57')
Mattock (30'), Semedo (54')
Mattock (64')

Preview: Rochdale vs. Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray smiles before the match against Watford on December 14, 2013
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Sports Mole previews the FA Cup fourth-round meeting between League Two surprise package Rochdale and in-form Sheffield Wednesday at Plainmoor.

Rochdale will be targeting a third Yorkshire scalp of their FA Cup run when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Plainmoor in the fourth round on Saturday.

The League Two outfit have already dumped out Rotherham United and Leeds United on their way to this stage of the competition.

Wednesday may provide their stiffest test yet, though, with the Owls flying under the guidance of caretaker boss Stuart Gray, who took over at the helm from sacked Dave Jones on December 1.

He has since overseen five victories and four draws in his 11 games in charge and reports on Thursday claimed that he was close to being appointed permanent manager of the Hillsborough outfit.

Connor Wickham has also been key to their upturn in fortunes, scoring eight goals in Gray's tenure, but he is unavailable this weekend as part of the loan agreement that took him to Wednesday from Sunderland.

Another loan recruit, Damian Martinez, may get the nod in goal ahead of Chris Kirkland but apart from that, Gray is likely to stick with majority of the side that drew at Burnley, with Reda Johnson still sidelined.

Rochdale, who are currently second in League Two, are also enjoying good recent results and manager John Coleman will probably keep faith with the players that have got him this far in the competition, although centre-back Olly Lancashire could miss out with injury and therefore Rhys Bennett is on standby.

Scott Hogan and Ian Henderson, both goalscorers in the 2-0 win over Leeds in the third round, are both expected to feature from the beginning, but midfielder Gary Dicker will not be included in the Dale squad after joining Crawley Town on a deal until the end of the current campaign.

Recent form

Rochdale: DWWWLW

Sheff Wed: DWWDWD

Possible starting lineups

Rochdale: Lillis; Rafferty, Bennett, O'Connell, Vincenti, Lund, Allen, Done, Hogan; Bunney, Henderson

Sheff Wed: Martinez; Semedo, Onyewu, Loovens, Llera; Maghoma, Lee, Palmer, Helan; McGuire, Nuhiu

Sports Mole says: 1-2

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray smiles before the match against Watford on December 14, 2013
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