Its time for the first Championship playoff as Sheffield Wednesday take on Brighton in the the first leg from Hillsborough (KO 19:45).
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Brighton will aim to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion when they face Sheffield Wednesday in the 1st leg of their play-off semi-final.
The Seagulls missed out on second place last weekend as they went down to Middlesbrough and Chris Hughton will have a job on his hands to revitalise the team after what has been a stunning season.
The South Coast club started the season in blistering fashion, going 21 games unbeaten and while their form was not as strong in the second half of the season they still finished the season with 89 points, a tally that in any other season may have led to an automatic promotion.
The key now for Hughton will be, can he galvanise his men for three more games. The players will be feeling low after their defeat on Teeside; the fact they lost out on goal-difference making matters even worse, however if they get a result in the first leg at Hillsborough then confidence will soar again.
They face a Wednesday side bidding to end a 16 year hiatus from the top flight. The Owls have the least amount of pressure on them of all four teams in the semi-finals as despite being considered a top club they have struggled in recent years and finished the campaign in 6th.
With a strong home support not to mention the free scoring form of Gary Hooper, Wednesday have the armour to damage Brighton however they won just one of their last five games and lost 2-1 to Wolves last weekend.
Their only win since April 5th, when they beat Blackburn, was a 3-0 win over Cardiff.
During the regular season nothing separated the two sides with both encounters finishing 0-0. There has been just one goal recorded in the last four meetings between these two and that went the way of Wednesday.
Brighton last beat Sheffield Wednesday in 2012 when they won 3-0.
As regards the odds, it seems that Chris Hughton’s Brighton are favourites to gain automatic promotion, with Sheff Wed the 4/1 outsiders, however it would take a shrewd punter to dismiss the chances of Carlos Carvalhal, with the side in such fine form.
We could be in for a classic, with the pressure mounting on both these sides, and with a shot at a Championship playoff final up for grabs, both sides will want to put themselves in with a chance going into the second leg.
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