Brighton & Hove Albion have a mountain to climb when they host Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg of English Championship play-off semifinal fixture on Monday evening.
Goals on either halves by Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee put Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 up ahead of the second leg. Brighton are dealt with a staggering blow as four of their players were taken out injured with 58 minutes on the clock and were forced to play the rest of the game with 10 men. Hemed, Goldson, Sidwell and Knockaert are expected to miss the home leg at the Falmer Stadium.
Despite the healthy advantage The Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal knows well that there is no room for complacency and they have to finish the job on Monday to book a place in the finals.
Brighton are without a win in their last three matches with 2 draws and a defeat. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 4. Brighton’s home form is pretty good as they are unbeaten in their last 10, with 7 wins and 3 draws. They have scored 10 goals in their last 3 home games and conceded just 1.
Sheffield Wednesday’s form in the last 6 matches is 2 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. They had won 2 and lost 1 in their last 3, also their home form is better than the away form. The Owl’s haven’t won in any of their last three away matches, they lost in 2 and drawn 1. They have scored 3 and conceded 7 goals during the period.
Brighton: Team News
Solly March, Uwe Hunemeier and Bobby Zamora were injured before the first leg clash, they will be now joined by Hemed, Goldson, Sidwell and Knockaert.
Dale Stephens and Lewis Dunk are suspended and will miss this fixture.
Brighton: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Stockdale – Bruno, Greer, Rosenior, Bong – Kazenga Lua, Towell, Kayal, Skalak – Wilson, Baldock.
Sheffield Wednesday: Team News
Modou Sougou and Joe Bennett are both sidelined due to injuries and the Owls are missing no other players through suspension or injury. The line-up is expected to remain the same as they look to defend a 2 goal advantage.
Sheffield Wednesday: Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Westwood – Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Pudil – Lee, Lopez, Bannan, Wallace – Forestieri – Hooper.
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday: Head-to-Head
- Sheffield Wednesday lead the head-to-head record against Brighton with 7 wins from 17 meetings, and 7 were draws and 3 were won by Brighton.
- Sheffield Wednesday have never lost in any of the 8 home matches they played against Brighton so far, with 4 wins and 4 draws.
- Sheffield are unbeaten in the last 8 matches against Brighton; 4 wins, 4 draws.
- Brighton have failed to score a goal in the last 6 meetings with Sheffield Wednesday.
- Brighton are without a win in the last three home matches against Sheffield with 2 draws and a defeat.
Brighton vs Sheffield Wednesday: Prediction
Sheffield Wednesday are in an excellent position to advance to the finals with the 2-0 win at home. Brighton need to win this by 2-0 to take it to the penalties and if they concede, they must win it by a 3 goal margin. With 9 players missing from their team, this seems like a hard ask. Moreover, they haven’t won against Sheffield in the last 8 meetings, both home and away.
This is likely to end in away win for Sheffield and Brighton, who once looked destined for Premier League will have to wait another season.
Safe Bet: Sheffield to win.
Best Bet: Over 2.5 goals.
Big Money Bet: Both teams to score.