Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Tips and Betting Offers, Championship, Wednesday 17th May 2017
Can Sheffield Wednesday build off their 0-0 draw in the first leg to make the final? Sunday’s game was a cagey affair, one which saw them playing for a goalless draw, given that the away goal rule doesn’t apply to play-off clashes. Can the Owls now finish the job in the second leg? Having lost out in the final 12 months ago, they should be desperate to book a return trip to the national stadium.
Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield Betting Tips and Offers
Sheffield Wednesday head in to this play-off semi-final as 23/20 favourites with Bet365 to claim the win they need. After 15 home wins this term they’re now just one win away from returning to Wembley. The draw is available at 9/4 with SkyBet here, while Huddersfield are 13/5 with BetVictor to cause a shock at Hillsborough.
Both sides will be desperate to make it to the richest game in football, and not just for the money. Sheffield Wednesday are aiming to make up for a loss in the final last year, when they lost out to Hull for a place in the top flight. It’s been years since they were in the Premier League, but it’s been an even longer wait for Huddersfield.
The visitors come in to this Yorkshire derby having spent years in the Football League without pushing for Premier League riches. They were last in the top flight of English football back in the early 70s, when they had two seasons in the old Division 1. However, is David Wagner the man to end their long spell away from the top table? On recent form this is likely to be a struggle for the Terriers.
The away side have just one win in their last five trips, while they lost three of their final four league games to finish fifth. They rotated heavily after securing a play-off place, and that seemed to cost them on Sunday. Huddersfield were disjointed at times, and that might be what costs them a return to the top flight. They face a Sheffield Wednesday side who have a strong home record, while they’ve won the last two encounters between these two at Hillsborough. That makes us think that a home win in great value at 23/20 with Bet365.
The Owls have managed to keep a clean sheet in six of their last eight matches against Huddersfield, following that 0-0 on Sunday. The Terriers averaged less than a goal per game during the season anyway, and their poor form towards the end makes us think they’ll draw a blank here. With Wednesday to win to nil priced at 23/10 with Ladbrokes, we think that a brilliant price which is worth backing on this derby clash.