Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday
Sunday 14th May, 12:00
Live on Sky Sports


Huddersfield haven't played top-flight football since 1972 but the 12/1 ante-post shots for promotion are now just 270 minutes away from the Premier League after a marvellous campaign under David Wagner's tutelage.

The Terriers spent only one week outside the top-six but curiously concluded their campaign with a negative -3 goal difference. An incredible 22 of Town's 25 triumphs arrived by one-goal margins but nine of their 15 losses were by two goals or more.

Wagner opted to rest and rotate his weary troops having fluffed their lines with an automatic promotion place within reach and Huddersfield enter the end-of-season jamboree having won just three of their final 10 fixtures (W3-D1-L6).

On-loan Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward is suspended for the first leg leaving 21-year-old Joel Coleman to take his place whilst midfielders Philip Billing and Kasey Palmer are both out. Forward Elias Kachunga has returned to full training.

Sheffield Wednesday

Beaten play-off finalists last season, Sheffield Wednesday accumulated seven points more this time around when finishing fourth. Carlos Carvalhal's men showed steady consistency throughout the campaign and since August only once went longer than three games without a win.

The Owls racked up six successive victories before making 10 changes for last week's loss against Fulham but arrive in-form, with a settled squad and markedly improved away form (W5-D2-L2).

Only top-two Newcastle and Brighton shipped fewer goals across the season whilst Carvalhal's options in attack dwarf that of their Championship rivals with Steven FletcherJordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall the likely candidates to partner Fernando Forestieri here with Gary Hooper a major doubt.
Elsewhere, Marco Matias is
 suspended and Almen Abdi is likely to miss out with a knee problem once more.

Match Odds

Huddersfield lost both regular league meetings against Wednesday this season without scoring and are winless in seven head-to-head duels with their Yorkshire rivals (W0-D2-L5). In fact, the Terriers have been silenced in each of their last six when welcoming the Owls to the John Smith's Stadium.

Town 2.52 were the lowest scorers in the top-eight of the division and had a dreadful record against top-six rivals, failing to score in five and losing seven of ten games against the league's elite. Coupled with their recent drop-off in physicality and with eight defeats in 14, it's hard to find faith in the hosts.
Wednesday's 3.25 experience of last season should stand them in good stead and their ability to grind out results on the road make them dangerous opponents here. With goals likely to be at a premium, I like the 2.26 on the Owls in the Draw No Bet market.

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Huddersfield's past four fixtures on home soil have beaten the Over 2.5 Goals 2.44line as the hosts have shipped at least two goals on three occasions. But that's arguably the only angle to pursue for those hunting a goal-heavy game.

Carlos Carvalhal favours a pragmatic approach to away games and five of Wednesday's past six road trips have featured fewer than three goals, as have each of the last nine meetings between these two teams at the John Smith's.

Under 2.5 Goals is too short to support at 1.64 but it has provided profit in 16/23 (70%) of the Owls' games as guests, and both previous encounters between the pair this term.

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Back Sheffield Wednesday draw no bet @ 2.26

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