STAR PREVIEW Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday

first_imgBrighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games and should be relied on for more goals tonight but the pressure to get goals could easily leave the back door open too.The Star Special of both teams to score and a winner in 90 minutes looks a fair bet. I’ve just no idea which way so will have equal stakes on both outcomes.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND BRIGHTON WIN for 6 points at 5/1 with Star SportsBACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE AND SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY WIN for 6 points at 13/2 with Star SportsSunday: BET VOIDWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]U[/dropcap]nfair. That, of course, is the damn problem with the play-off system.The fact that Brighton were within one win of automatic promotion to the Premier League when they went to the Riverside counts for nothing – as does the fact that they finished 15 points clear of Sheffield Wednesday in the ‘regular’ season.Not only does it count for nothing – it also counts AGAINST them in my opinion. Brighton have had to regroup after coming so close yet Sheffield Wednesday are like a free roller at a poker tournament – playing carefree hands at a party that (for most of the season) they never expected to be at – four consecutive wins in March doing the trick for Wednesday.It’s pointless whinging, as the rules are there for one and all but I’ve never been a great supporter of the play-off system which may well add end of season drama (and contribute to the new Wembley building costs) but remains a tad gimmicky for my liking.The pressure certainly showed on The Seagulls in the first leg at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ross Wallace and Kieran Lee – the deadlock finally broken between the pair as both matches in regular season had finished 0-0.That leaves Brighton with plenty of work to do but in a funny way less pressure than if it had been, say, 0-0 in the first leg. Brighton may well relish the challenge of now being underdogs and can grab the match and the challenge by the b**** from the outset.That certainly seems to be the view of the Brigton players too. Sam Baldock told the club website: “We’ve got nothing to lose now and the pressure is completely on them. We’re positive and we’re going to go for it. We’ve got 90 minutes for them to come to the Amex with a full stadium, with screaming fans egging us on.”He added: ”Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”Certainly, an early goal would make life interesting and I wouldn’t be completely surprised to see this one go the distance into penalties.Brighton have fared worse in the injury stakes with doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell from the first leg.Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may well name an unchanged side.Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield WednesdayChampionship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)May 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF Sheff Wed 2-0 BrightonMar 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-0 Sheff WedNov 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonFeb 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 0-0 BrightonAug 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 0-1 Sheff WedMar 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 1-0 BrightonOct 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 1-1 Sheff WedFeb 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Sheff Wed 3-1 BrightonSep 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Brighton 3-0 Sheff WedApr 2011 LEAGUE ONE Brighton 2-0 Sheff WedSTAR SPECIALSlast_img

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