Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 14/05/17

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview – 14/05/17

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview

In our Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

Overview

Sheffield Wednesday make the short journey up the M1 to face Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town in the first leg of their play-off semi-final tie. Both clubs have been in and around the top six all season long, but it now gets serious as promotion to the Premier League is on the line. It was Sheffield Wednesday who had the upper hand in the regular season fixtures between these two, claiming a 2-0 victory at Hillsborough in January whilst also winning at the John Smiths Stadium back in October by a 1-0 scoreline.

Fernando Forestieri scored the winner as the Owls beat Huddersfield in October.

Huddersfield must improve on recent results

David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town are coming into their play-off campaign having not been in the best form during the last few weeks of the regular season. The Terriers picked up just a single victory in their last five Championship matches, a 1-0 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers and suffered back-to-back defeats to Cardiff City and Birmingham City in the last two fixtures of the season, albeit there was nothing left to play for as their play-off place was confirmed. On home soil their recent record does not read much better, with three defeats in their last five at the John Smiths stadium against Cardiff, Burton Albion and Fulham respectively. However sandwiched between those defeats were wins against Norwich and Preston.

It has been in defence where they have struggled in recent weeks, conceding 12 times in their last six fixtures which has been unlike them this season. Wagner will be looking to ensure that they tighten up in this one in order to ensure they do not give Wednesday any sort of advantage going into the second leg. They will though be without first choice goalkeeper Daniel Ward for the first leg, with the Liverpool loanee having been sent off in their last fixture against Cardiff City. That does certainly weaken the Town backline, and there will be a lot of pressure on Joel Coleman to come into the starting 11. On a more positive note however attacking midfielder Izzy Brown recently recovered from injury and returned to the starting 11, which is a massive boost for Wagner’s men. The Chelsea loanee was extremely impressive after joining the club in January, adding more menace to their attack and scoring big goals against the likes of Leeds and QPR.

Izzy Brown’s return to the side is excellent news for Huddersfield.

Owls flying ahead of play-offs

Sheffield Wednesday come into the play-offs as second favourites to go up with most bookmakers, largely due to their impressive form in the last few weeks of the season. The Owls picked up five straight victories to seal a top six place before their final day home defeat to Fulham and Carlos Carvalhal will hope it is second time lucky for his side after losing in the play-off final last season. They made 10 changes to their starting 11 for their match against Fulham last weekend, so their key players should be refreshed and ready for this one. The likes of Ross Wallace, Adam Reach and the in-form Steven Fletcher were amongst those rested and all are expected to come back in for this one. Fletcher has been in and amongst the goals of late, netting four times in six matches since replacing the mis-firing Jordan Rhodes in the team.

There was a big blow for Carvalhal however this week with the news that Fletcher’s strike partner Gary Hooper looks set to miss both of the semi-final ties against Huddersfield through injury. That means that Rhodes and Sam Winnall will be battling it out to replace him in the starting 11 and it will be a close call between the two in terms of who gets the nod. Winnall did his chances a favour last weekend by netting the Owls only goal against Fulham, but they may choose to go with Rhodes purely for the former club factor. Rhodes was a fans favourite at Huddersfield a few seasons ago and it is a regular occurrence for players to net against their former clubs, which may make Carvalhal lean towards the Scotsman despite him having only scored three times in 18 appearances since joining from Middlesbrough in January.

Former Terrier Jordan Rhodes hasn’t been at his best since signing for Wednesday.

Odds

The favourites for this one are Huddersfield Town, who are best priced at 29/20 with BetVictor. Sheffield Wednesday are the form side however which makes their price of 23/10, also with BetVictor, look very tempting. If you think it will be a tense first leg, then you can also back the draw which is best priced at 12/5 with Betfair.

Recommended Bets: 

Sheffield Wednesday or draw (Best priced at 3/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Steven Fletcher to score anytime (Best priced at 11/4 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 3/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE

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