A second bite of the cherry. Another chance for Albion to prove once again, that they deserve the final promotion place (if 89 points and a twenty point gap from 7th hadn’t suggested that already). Forget the red card and disappointment at Middlebrough, our one focus now is to push for these next two matches. We have been proving people wrong all season, lets do it one more time!
You can argue that form goes out of the window in the play offs. Just ask Brighton fans who attended the gut-wrenching defeat against Crystal Palace in 2012/13. We were in the best form going into those matches and it didn’t mean a thing. Chris Hughton’s side have won seven and drawn three of their last ten games. 24 points out of a potential 30 to be precise. Brighton fans couldn’t ask for much more of the players coming into the last straight of this season. Unbeaten in 15 whilst scoring 31 and conceding 8 is quite frankly… incredible.
Sheffield Wednesday have seen a mixed bag of results of late. During late March/early April they won four games in a row. However a shock defeat at the hands of Bristol City led to the Owls failing to win their next three matches. A 3-0 victory against Cardiff sealed their play off place before the last game of the season. Carlos Carvahal’s side has acquired 18 points out of a possible 30.
Last time out:
Both matches between these sides have seen two stale 0-0 draws. We are hoping for a few goals from the blue and white team from the south!
The only player who has played for both teams is left back, Joe Bennett. He will not be featuring against the Seagulls however due to an injury. There is a chance he could feature in the second leg.
Fact of the day:
This is Brighton’s highest league finish (in the English second tier) since they finished 2nd in the 1978/79 season.
We are (nervously) looking forward to…
A third play off attempt in four years. Wait, are we really looking forward to that? We’re not quite sure to be honest.
Forget about form. The most important thing now is the 180 minutes ahead. It is extremely hard to tell these sides apart. Both games between them have been boring 0-0 draws. The fact that this isn’t a standard league match but the chance to get the Premier league might liven things up. However my money seems to be gravitating toward another draw. As long as we don’t lose the first leg then I reckon we will be able to pull through come the home tie on Monday. We are Brighton and Hove Albion and we do things the hard way.
BHAFC: Wilson (if he starts)
Article by @George_Carden