Kick Off: 1200, 14/05/2017
Stadium: John Smith’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield Wednesday have had the edge over Huddersfield for the last couple of seasons and are fancied to grind out a draw in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final at John Smith’s Stadium.
The Owls prevailed 1-0 here in October and 2-0 at Hillsborough in January, while they also did the double over the Terriers last term as well.
On this occasion, the visitors will be more than happy to leave on level terms and Huddersfield have never won a home leg in the play-offs in eight attempts, despite being promoted three times.
We think 21/10 for a stalemate stands out from the Huddersfield vs Sheff Wed odds.
A Look At Huddersfield Town’s Betting Odds
Huddersfield threatened to challenge for an automatic promotion spot until closing the regular season with a disappointing run of six defeats in 10 games and it will be interesting to see if they can now lift themselves again.
After going down 3-0 at home to Cardiff on Sunday, David Wagner said: “We were not switched on to the game and, even for me, it’s not been easy to finish one competition and get ready for another.
“It’s been a fantastic achievement but we will not go into the play-offs as favourites. We like the underdog role, though. Huddersfield Town are still in the race but we are humble as always.”
Wagner has rotated his squad of late to keep key players fresh, but they do now go into the play-offs with quite a few doubts around them and may have to settle for a 1-1 draw here at 21/4.
A Look At Sheffield Wednesday’s Betting Odds
Sheffield Wednesday saw their excellent six-match winning run come to an end when beaten 2-1 at home by Fulham over the weekend, but Carlos Carvalhal made 10 changes for that game to protect his regular starters.
Citing injuries and red cards as a concern, the manager commented: “I would be a very stupid person to lose three or four players in a game that doesn’t matter and not have them for the play-off semi-final.”
Newcastle, Cardiff and Derby had been beaten in the three previous fixtures at Hillsborough and Wednesday would happily take going back to Sheffield all square.
We’re finishing off our Huddersfield vs Sheff Wed betting tips by taking 17/5 for the first leg to be a draw at half-time and full-time.
HUDDERSFIELD 0-3 Cardiff
SHEFF WED 1-2 Fulham – Sam Winnall
Head-to-head: Sheff Wed 2-0 Huddersfield, Huddersfield 0-1 Sheff Wed, Huddersfield 0-1 Sheff Wed, Sheff Wed 3-1 Huddersfield, Sheff Wed 1-1 Huddersfield, Huddersfield 0-0 Sheff Wed.