Sheffield Wednesday vs Plymouth Argyle: Team news and live updates from FA Cup first round clash

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Have you got FA Cup fever?

It’s probably a small dose, if at all, but the old competition hits South Yorkshire today, with Sheffield Wednesday welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Hillsborough for a first round tie.

The priorities lie with promotion back to the Championship this season for the Owls but perhaps a run in the cup wouldn’t do any harm to build a bit of momentum after a sketchy season so far for Darren Moore’s men.

We have live updates throughout the day for the 12.15 kick off here on our live blog.

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Plymouth Argyle 0 - LIVE FA Cup updates

Darren Moore is taking this seriously

So Moore wasn’t bluffing when he said he would field a strong team. There’s just one change to the Owls side that beat Sunerland on Tuesday night with Saido Berahino coming in for in-form Lee Gregory.

Barry Bannan who hobbled off in that victory over the Black Cats but he’s made it and while there may have been a temptation to put Joe Wildsmith in, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell heading off on international duty this week, Moore has stuck with the Northern Ireland man.

Another boost sees George Byers and Massimo Luongo named on the bench as they continue their recovery from injury.

It’s good to see Moore going in with a strong line-up - in my nostalgic opinion at least. Get it won early, too. No replays please!

Team news coming up

We’ll find out in 10 minutes the team that Darren Moore puts out today. My own opinion would be a couple of changes and a bit of a rest for some but other than that, let’s see them go for it.

Or is it a needless distraction this season?

It’s loved for what it was rather than what it is, a slightly crumbling reminder of Saint and Greavsie and former glories. And for teams outside of the top tier it’s become something to navigate rather than embrace.

Alex Miller beleives a dignified exit wouldn’t do the Owls any harm. Read More...

The FA Cup is still great, isn’t it?

Every year the argument rears it’s head… has the FA Cup lost its magic?

And every year I’ll argue with anyone that it remains one of the best knock-out competitions in world football.

OK, from a Sheffield Wednesday perspective, we’d all rather it didn’t come around as early as it had this time around but that’s the price you pay for getting relegated to the lower leagues and have to start in the first round.

However, to me, there is still something special about the FA Cup and if I’m honest with myself I realise that is because I’m getting old.

Chris Holt defends the old competition - Read More

Lewis Wing and his FA Cup dreams

Lewis Wing speaking ahead of their first round clash with Plymouth Argyle vowed to continue in his mission to show Wednesday fans his best form.

Wing grew up a huge fan of Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard and recalls the 2006 FA Cup final as a major memory in his football development.

Having come into the game late via the non-league scene, the 26-year-old has seen the romance of the competition from its highest levels to its lowest and holds it dear.

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The FA Cup comes to Hillsborough today with Plymouth Argyle heading north for an early kick-off - prayers for their fans, by the way - in the world’s greatest knock-out competition.

We’ll await with interest how strong a team Darren Moore will put out for the televised clash, though both he and Pilgrims boss Ryan Lowe said in their pre-match press conferences that they’ll certainly be going for it.

You’ll get the team news as it’s confirmed here and live updates throughout the day from me and Alex Miller.