Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday (0-2 agg)

16 May

Kieran Lee


Kieran Lee, who scored the Owls’ second goal on Friday, is set to make his 51st appearance of the season in the second leg

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Sussex; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Brighton have doubts over Tomer Hemed, Connor Goldson, Anthony Knockaert and Steve Sidwell as they bid to overturn Sheffield Wednesday’s two-goal lead.

All four were injured in the first leg and, although Lewis Dunk will return from suspension, Dale Stephens is still banned and Bobby Zamora (hip) is out.

Wednesday, who won 2-0 at Hillsborough on Friday, have no fresh injury worries ahead of the second leg.

Manager Carlos Carvalhal could decide to name an unchanged side.

The two sides drew 0-0 when they met at the Amex back in March.

Brighton forward 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.

“Stranger things have happened. I came off the pitch thinking, ‘Come on, bring on Monday,’ because believe me, this tie is not over.”

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal told the club website: “We are absolutely and 100% focused and ready to go.

“As far as we are concerned, the score is 0-0 when we kick off on Monday. Brighton are a dangerous opponent, and they know what they must do.

“But we do also. And we are feeling good, feeling fresh mentally and physically.

“We will prepare for this game exactly the same as every game we have played this season. There is no other way.

“I do not even think about the final. I think 100% about the second leg and we are going to Brighton to give our absolute best.”

MATCH FACTS

  • Brighton have conceded at least twice in three of their four home play-off games.
  • Sheffield Wednesday are unbeaten in their last three trips to Brighton in league competition (W1 D2).
  • The Seagulls have lost three of their four home play-off games, including losing the last three in a row. They have not won a home play-off encounter since 1991.
  • The Owls have won all of their four play-off games, winning three in 2004-05 and 2-0 against Brighton in the first leg.
  • Brighton have scored two or more goals in seven of their last 10 home league games.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have kept six consecutive clean sheets against the Seagulls, last conceding to them in October 2013.
  • The five previous second-tier sides to win 2-0 in the first leg of a play-off semi-final reached the final, most recently West Ham in 2012.
  • Brighton haven’t won a play-off game since winning the Division Three final in 2004, drawing one and losing four since.

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