How the Bookies See it:
- Match Winner: Sheffield Wednesday 23/20, Draw 12/5, Huddersfield 11/4 - Bet365
- First Goalscorer: Fernando Forestieri (WED) 9/2, Jordan Rhodes (WED) 11/2, Steven Fletcher (WED) 5/1 - Sky Bet
- To Qualify - Sheffield Wednesday 4/7, Huddersfield 5/4 - Paddy Power
What Happened in the First Leg?
Huddersfield had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the first match on Sunday after a frustrating afternoon in front of their own fans at the Kirklees Stadium. The Terriers were the better side for long periods and carved out a few chances, with Izzy Brown hitting the crossbar and Keiren Westwood saving well from Nahki Wells.
Sheffield Wednesday were content to sit back and allow Huddersfield the majority of possession, and, although they barely tested Joel Coleman’s goal, they were defensively impressive as they extended an eight-match unbeaten run against their local rivals.
Huddersfield’s performance in the first leg will give their supporters cause for optimism ahead of the short trip across Yorkshire. They played with a greater intensity and posed problems for Sheffield Wednesday’s organised back line, so it may be an appealing prospect for many punters to go for an away win at odds of around 11/4.
However, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal described the 0-0 scoreline as ‘very, very positive’ for his side, and will be confident of finishing the job on home soil. Only Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion conceded fewer goals during the Championship season than Sheffield Wednesday, and they have now played three games against Huddersfield this term without conceding.
Sheffield Wednesday will be expected to be more attacking at Hillsborough, although it is unlikely they will alter their approach too much and another tight game could be on the cards. As there have only been three goals in three matches between the teams this season, a price of 15/8 at Paddy Power on there being under 1.5 goals looks particularly interesting. You can get even better value for a correct score of 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday, with the winners set to face Reading or Fulham at Wembley.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Sheffield Wednesday to win 1-0 - 13/2 at Paddy Power
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.