Date: 12 May 2017 11:08
Having already beaten their hosts twice in the regular Championship season, our tipster believes the visitors can get a result in Sunday's first leg
Huddersfield chose to heavily rotate their starting line-up in the final couple of games of the Championship season, losing to both Cardiff and Birmingham but will that gamble pay off against a Sheffield Wednesday side who have been impressive in recent weeks?
The hosts are 11/8 (2.38) with bet365 to secure a first leg lead by winning in front of their own fans on Sunday.
The Owls did lose out on the final day of the campaign to fellow play-off contenders Fulham, but prior to that they've picked up maximum points in their previous six consecutive matches. The visitors are available at 2/1 (3.0) to win this game and the draw is 11/5 (3.20).
With so little to choose between these sides, perhaps the previous meetings could give us an indication of what to expect, and it's Carlos Carvalhal who came out on top in both encounters.
On those occasions Wednesday shut out the Terriers, winning 1-0 at this venue and 2-0 at Hillsborough. With the second leg of this play-off in front of their own fans, the visitors will surely be happy to keep things tight at the back once more and see if opportunities present themselves on the break.
With that in mind, it's no surprise to see both teams to score rated as an 10/11 (1.91) chance with bet365 who offer 13/10 (2.30) about three goals or more. This game looks in stark contrast to the other semi-final which could be something of a goal-fest between Fulham and Reading.
While the 2/1 (3.0) could be a play for those seeking a bigger pay out, the best way to go could well be Sheffield Wednesday on a Draw No Bet basis. This sees stakes returned if the match ends all square, while still offering a price of 6/5 (2.20) on the side who finished fourth in the table.
These teams are tough to split by most conventional measures, they ended up level on points after 46 games, they both picked up 47 points at home across the campaign and 34 on their travels.
Ultimately, the visitors' superior defence was the difference between the two and it could come to the fore again as Carvalhal's men look to shut out a team they've already bettered twice in the past few months.
Sheffield Wednesday (Draw No Bet) at 6/5 (2.20) for a 1pt stake with bet365
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