Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton | Friday 13 May | 19.45 kick off
The opening of the play-offs kicks off on Friday night as Brighton make the trip to Sheffield. Brighton, who came third in the league, are 21/10 to get the win. Sheffield who came sixth are favourites to get half of the job done in the first leg, priced at 7/5. The draw can be backed at 21/10. In both fixtures in the Championship this season the games have finished in a stalemate. As the stakes are raised it will be interesting to see if any of the sides open up a bit more.
Wednesday will know they have a bit of a mountain to overcome, the biggest part of which is to win over two legs against Brighton. However, if they can do so, they will really fancy their chances for promotion. Unfortunately for them, they are not going into this game in winning form. A loss on the last day of the season to Wolves would have dented their confidence, nevertheless they will feel they can refresh and get a results on Friday. After going two goals down in the first half, Wednesday showed little fight get themselves back into the game against Wolves. They were awarded a penalty late on with McGugan converted but it proved to be too little too late.
Brighton will be disappointed to have missed out on an automatic promotion place given that it was in their own hands until the last day. Their promotion place hangs in the balance now as they have to go through the play-off process. Whilst they are not favourites to win this fixture, they are favourites to come out on top through the play-offs. Having never been in the Premiership they will be more than motivated to get the job done. Failing to overcome Middlesbrough on the last day will have been a tough pill to swallow. After going a goal down, they managed to level the scoring through a Stephens goal. However, the goalscorer was sent off less than five minutes after hitting the net which dented Brighton’s hopes of winning the game. They are showing the kind of form they had at the start of the season, going 14 games without a loss. They will be looking to carry that through to Wembley.
This is a tough game to call, as you would expect in the play-offs. Given that they have had two stalemate draws this season, lightening may strike a third time as each side will not want to give anything away defensively in the first leg.
Correct Score: 0-0 – 13/2