Ten of the last fifteen Championship play-off finals have seen their eventual victors win to nil inside 90 minutes, a nugget which highlights tough-to-breach Hull City as the more likely victors of the 2016 edition.
A further two deciders during that timeframe were goalless after 90 minutes, meaning that one or other finalist failed to net in all bar three finals since the 2000/01 campaign clincher.
Over the course of an arduous second-tier campaign Steve Bruce’s men have shown a far greater aptitude for seeing out shutout victories than their Wembley foes Sheffield Wednesday.
The Tigers, 13/10 favourites to prevail without recourse to exit time or penalties, have stopped their opposition from finding the net in no fewer than 22 of their 29 wins this term (76%).
Wednesday, underdogs for normal-time glory at 23/10, have kept a clean sheet in a more moderate 14 of their 25 seasonal success (56%).
Hull, who can also call upon the division’s joint-second best regular-campaign rearguard and recorded three more wins of 1-0 or 2-0 than any other side in the Championship (15) are 9/4 to claim their 23rd win to nil of 2015/16 in north-west London.
Carlos Carvalhal’s Owls, on the other hand, recorded a mere five successes by one or other of those scorelines this term.
The feeling that the so-called ‘richest game in football’ could well be a tense and dour affair is far from entirely influenced by the dusty annals of play-off lore either.
Two meetings between the adversaries this season are yet to provide a winner, with a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in October was followed up by a 0-0 at the KCOM Stadium in February.
Should another war of attrition transpire on the hallowed turf of the national stadium, it would seem Hull have offered the more persuasive evidence that it is they who will come out on top.