SWFC v BHAFC (13/5/16) Play-Off Semi Final 1st Leg | Preview

With the disappointment of the result last Saturday, Brighton have a quick turnaround, as they travel to Yorkshire to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-offs. Both teams will feel they have a real chance at progressing to Wembley on the 28th May, with Wednesday’s end of season surge helping them gain a place in the top 6, while Brighton can use the disappointment of losing out on automatic promotion.

Wednesday News;

Ross Wallace is available after serving his 3 match ban, while Atdhe Nuhiu is set to return from injury. Carlos Carvahal rested key players in the defeat away to Wolves, and is set to re-call them to the starting XI tomorrow evening. Fernando Forestieri is the leading Owls scorer with 15, while Gary Hooper is 2 behind him on 13.

FACT; Wednesday have only lost twice at home all season (Middlesbrough and Rotherham)

Brighton News;

Dale Stephens will miss the entire play-offs after failing in his appeal to get his red card overturned. Lewis Dunk will serve the last game of his 2 match ban, but Chris Hughton has no other issues, other than long term absentees; Uwe Hunemeier, Solly March and Bobby Zamora. Tomer Hemed is the leading Albion scorer with 17.

FACT; Brighton haven’t kept a clean sheet in the past 5 away games.

Earlier In The Season: SWFC [0]-[0] BHAFC (3/11/15), BHAFC [0]-[0] SWFC (8/3/16);

Both game finished 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday the better of the 2 sides on both occasions.

H-2-H;

In the 16 games played between the 2 sides, Brighton have won 3 games, while Wednesday have won 6. The Owls are unbeaten against Brighton in the past 7 games, and have only conceded 2 goals in that time. The last 3 games have all ended in a 0-0 draw.

Likely Line-Up;

Stockdale;

Bruno, Goldson, Greer, Rosenior;

Knockaert, Kayal, Sidwell, Skalak;

Wilson, Hemed;

Prediction;

Sheff Wed 1-1 Brighton

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