Both of these sides suffered disappointment at the end of last season, the Owls losing the play-off semi-finals and Sunderland dropping down into the Championship following an utterly disastrous campaign. The Black Cats face a very tough 2017/18 season having lost two key players in the form of Jordan Pickford to Everton and Jermain Defoe to AFC Bournemouth and one doesn't really fancy their chances of bouncing straight back up to the top-flight at the end of the campaign.
Wednesday's season started with a dismal 1-0 defeat to Preston North End with Daniel Johnson scoring a late penalty for the hosts at Deepdale. The Owls bounced back to beat Chesterfield in the EFL Cup but they could only manage a single point against QPR in their last outing at Hillsborough with Sam Winnal scoring for the hosts.
Sunderland's campaign kicked off with a 1-1 draw at home to Derby County and their subsequent 1-0 EFL Cup victory over Bury was followed by an impressive 3-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. This is by no means a poor start for the Black Cats and one would think that Simon Grayson has something to work with at the very least.
This is the first meeting between these sides in a decade and we'll be siding the visitors in what has been a decent enough start to the season for them. They are up for grabs at generous odds of 11/4 and we'll happily take that against an Owls side which are yet to get going this season.