Hull v Sheffield Wednesday – Wembley Stadium live at 17:00 on Sky Sports 1
The Championship play-off final takes place on Saturday, as Hull and Sheffield Wednesday battle it out for the reward of playing Premier League football next season.
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Hull faced Derby in the play-off semi final after finishing 4th in the Championship table with 83 points, winning 3-0 at Pride Park in the 1st leg. However, this impressive result was almost cancelled out in the 2nd leg as Derby won 2-0, but the Tigers just did enough, winning 3-2 on aggregate. Despite making it through to the play-off final, their poor home display must worry Steve Bruce as they cannot afford to produce a similar performance on Saturday, up against a Sheffield United side that are brimming with confidence.
Abel Hernandez will pose the main threat for Hull up front and has scored 21 goals this season, whilst Diame is also a danger man. Although Hull do have several attacking options, they’re renowned for their defensive stability and on their day they can be very hard to break down.
In addition, the Tigers are a very experienced side with the likes of Michael Dawson at the back and beat Bristol City 1-0 in their previous Championship play-off final back in 2008.
Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand finished 6th in the Championship with 74 points and beat Brighton in the other semi final, winning 3-1 on aggregate. Brighton finished 3rd in the league and Wednesday’s performance across both legs demonstrated that they are a match for any side on their day.
Fernando Forestieri looked menacing in-front of goal and it wouldn’t surprise me if he adds to his 15 goal tally on Saturday, having netted a goal back in October when these 2 sides met in a league fixture which finished 1-1. In the most recent clash between the 2 sides, the result was 0-0 and as both games finished in a draw, this could suggest Saturday’s final will also be a close match.
Sheffield Wednesday had the better end to the 2015/16 season, with just 2 defeats coming from their last 10 games and one of which, the whole 1st team were rested. As a result of this and their impressive display in the play-off semi-finals, I would very much say that the momentum is with the Owls and therefore I recommend backing Sheffield Wednesday to win promotion which looks a good price at 2.30. However, I don’t expect them to necessarily get the job done inside 90 minutes and therefore I also suggest backing the Owls +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market at 1.98.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Sheffield Wednesday +0.25 @ 1.98 with Bet365 & Sheffield Wednesday to Win Promotion @ 2.30 with Unibet
Prices correct at time of writing.