Preview: Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town

17 May 2017

Sheffield Wednesday play Huddersfield at a sold-out Hillsborough tonight in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs semi-final second leg.

The first leg ended 0-0 at John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday with no shots on target from The Owls in the game.

Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson could return from a knee injury tonight while striker Gary Hooper is likely to miss out again (Hamstring Injury).

Huddersfield first-team keeper Danny Ward will be recalled in place for Joel Coleman after missing the first leg through suspension.

The Owls will feel confident going into tonight’s game with the fact they are unbeaten in eight games against the opposition and that The Terriers have failed to score a goal in the last three matches.

Carlos Carvalhal, Wednesday boss, said: “Now we have a one-off final at Hillsborough on Wednesday with our fans and they can play a big part.

“We always play better when we are at home, this cannot be said for all the teams in the Championship, but for us the supporters make a big difference to our players.

“It is helpful to have experience because we have lived that situation before but I don’t believe that this will be crucial. We talk a lot around the game but in the reality, it will be 11 players against 11 players on the pitch with a referee and one ball. We are completely focused in this part of the game, what we must do exactly to be efficient in win the game. We are completely focused and nothing else.

“We respect them and know that they are a threat, it is not an easy thing to play against but we know also that when we play solid and compact, when we play our football that we are not an easy team to play against also.”

David Wagner, Huddersfield manager, said “Sunday’s performance has given us every reason to have confidence going into the rematch on Wednesday.

“We have to make sure we give nothing away. We must not give the ball away in dangerous areas.

“We have a real chance, which is extraordinary for Huddersfield. We will not wait for our chance; we’ll go and look for it.”

The winner of tonight’s match will face Reading FC at Wembley on Monday May 29.

Written by Tor Christie

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