Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield meet for the second-leg of their Championship play-off semi-final, after their stalemate at the John Smiths’ at the weekend
It was a cautious meeting in the first-leg with Huddersfield enjoying the lion’s share of the possession but squandering the most opportunities. Sheffield Wednesday avoided any risk and came away with a 0-0 draw but at Hillsborough they can have it more their own way. The Owls have won six of their last ten league games on home soil. They lost their final league match of the season 2-1 hosting Fulham, but that ended an unbeaten run of seven matches which earned them their play-off finish. Manager Carlos Carvalhal should put greater emphasis on attack in front of the home fans, making better use of Fernando Forestieri who was largely absent in the first-leg. The 27-year-old has netted 12 league goals for Wednesday this season but hasn’t scored in his last four appearances.
Huddersfield had the better of the first-leg but failed to take any of their chances. David Wagner’s side have had a great season but the tail end of campaign has seen performances drop in quality. They’ve managed just one win from their last four on the road, a 1-0 victory against Wolves last month. They have lost three of their last trips out while failing to get on the score sheet. In fact, they lack Sheffield Wednesday’s momentum coming into this match having suffered six defeats in their last eleven games.
But there is plenty at stake with Huddersfield looking to get back in the top-flight for the first time since 1972. On-loan and first choice keeper Danny Ward could return for Huddersfield following his suspension and full-back Chris Lowe should be fit after being taking off on Sunday as a precaution for tightness in the legs. Sheffield Wednesday should see the return of midfielder Sam Hutchinson who missed the first-leg, but striker Gary Cooper remains a doubt following a hamstring injury.
Sheffield Wednesday have the better of the head to head with Huddersfield, winning four of their last eight league meetings and drawing three. They’ll be looking to reach the play-off final for the second year running. They beat Brighton 2-0 at home in the semis last year but lost out to Hull at Wembley. The Owls could have the edge over Huddersfield on their own turf, but it could take more than 90 minutes to do it. We’ve backed this as a draw in our mid-week Soccer 6 and Premier 10 competitions.