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Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday betting tips: League One play-off semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday betting tips: League One play-off semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds
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Clarke, Jack
Doyle, Callum
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Byers, George
Dele-Bashiru, Fisayo
Roberts, Patrick
Embleton, Elliot
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Pritchard, Alex
Matete, Jay
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O'Nien, Luke
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Berahino, Saido
Windass, Josh
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Luongo, Massimo
Stewart, Ross
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The two league meetings between these two both produced home wins but, bizarrely, they finished 3-0 at Hillsborough and then 5-0 at the Stadium of Light. The Owls have only won one of their last 11 league visits to Wearside, a 3-1 victory in 2018, a run that dates back to 1969. 

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Both teams to score is 4/5.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 11/8.

Sunderland to win and both teams to score is 9/2.

Ross Stewart is 9/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to add to his 24 League One goals this season.

Saido Berahino once scored a Premier League brace against Sunderland, netting nine times this season. The Burundi international is 7/1 to break the deadlock and 12/5 to score anytime. 

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Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday betting tips: League One play-off semi-final first leg preview, predictions and odds

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Sunderland logo and name of stadium during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on October 1, 2016 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Six-times champions of England Sunderland face four-times English champions Sheffield Wednesday, with both aiming for a return to the second-tier.

This was a Premier League fixture as recently as 2000 with Sunderland only relegated from the top division in 2017.

The Black Cats then endured a second successive relegation and have been rooted in League One ever since; this is their fourth campaign at this level.

Alex Neil’s side beat Morecambe 1-0 on Saturday, Nathan Broadhead the scorer, a victory that secured their play-off position.

That result means the Black Cats are currently unbeaten in 13 games, winning five of their last six at home.

However, this is their third League One play-off campaign, losing to Charlton in the 2019 final and Lincoln in last season’s semis.

In all, this’ll be Sunderland’s sixth play-off campaign, reaching the final three times previously, but never gaining promotion via this route.

Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile last played in the Premier League in 2000 and are aiming for an instant return to the Championship.

The Owls finished one point and one place above their hosts after hammering Portsmouth 4-1 at Hillsborough on the final day.

Lee Gregory, Saido Berahino, Jordan Storey and George Byers all on target.

This means Darren Moore’s men have only lost three of their last 21 matches, only suffering defeat twice at home all season, which bodes well for Monday.

This is Sheffield Wednesday’s fourth play-off escapade, gaining promotion from League One back in 2005.

More recently, the Owls were beaten by Hull in the 2016 Championship play-off final before being ousted by Huddersfield in the semi-final 12 months later.

The second leg in West Yorkshire is just three days away but, before then, will either establish a first leg lead at the Stadium of Light?

Sunderland team news

Max Power

GILLINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 22: Max Power of Sunderland battles for possession with Billy Bingham of Gillingham during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Sunderland at Priestfield Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Gillingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Ross Stewart has been Sunderland’s star this season, scoring 24 times since arriving from Ross County.

He’ll continue to be partnered by Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead in attack.

36 year old Aiden McGeady hasn’t featured since 23 November due to a knee injury, but was back on the bench at the weekend so is in contention.

Anthony Patterson will keep his place in goal; he’s been the number one since arriving in January, chosen over Bayern Munich loanee Ron-Thorben Hoffmann.

Sheffield Wednesday team news

Hillsborough Stadium

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 26: A general view of a corner flag at Hillsborough Stadium ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be between the sticks for the Owls, hoping to add to his 17 clean sheets this season.

Further forward captain Barry Bannan, who’s scored nine goals and racked up 12 assists this season, will be their creative hub.

He’ll be looking to supply Lee Gregory and Saido Berahino, both of whom scored in last weekend’s win over Portsmouth.

Josh Windass, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson are other attacking options.

Florian Kamberi’s season has been blighted by injury.

Sunderland AFC vs Sheffield Wednesday form
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Sunderland AFC vs Wycombe Wanderers - 2:0
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Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland AFC - 1:1
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Sunderland AFC vs Sheffield Wednesday - 1:0
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Morecambe FC vs Sunderland AFC - 0:1
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Sunderland AFC vs Rotherham United - 1:1
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland AFC - 1:1
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Sunderland AFC vs Sheffield Wednesday - 1:0
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Sheffield Wednesday vs Portsmouth FC - 4:1
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Fleetwood Town vs Sheffield Wednesday - 2:3
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Wycombe Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday - 1:0
Last 5 games for Sunderland AFC
May 21, 2022 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 2  - 0 Wycombe Wanderers
May 9, 2022 League One 21/22 Sheffield Wednesday 1  - 1 Sunderland AFC
May 6, 2022 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 1  - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
April 30, 2022 League One 21/22 Morecambe FC 0  - 1 Sunderland AFC
April 26, 2022 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 1  - 1 Rotherham United
Last 5 games for Sheffield Wednesday
May 9, 2022 League One 21/22 Sheffield Wednesday 1  - 1 Sunderland AFC
May 6, 2022 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 1  - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
April 30, 2022 League One 21/22 Sheffield Wednesday 4  - 1 Portsmouth FC
April 26, 2022 League One 21/22 Fleetwood Town 2  - 3 Sheffield Wednesday
April 23, 2022 League One 21/22 Wycombe Wanderers 1  - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland AFC vs Sheffield Wednesday League One 21/22 form
Sunderland AFC Sheffield Wednesday
49 Matches played 48
26 Matches won 24
63 Goal attempts 50
18 Shots on goal 17
33 Shots off goal 17
102 Corner kicks 144
6% Average ball possession 6%
12 Shots blocked 16
97 Cards given 87
64 Free kicks 67
8 Offsides 11
1 Shots on post 1
76 Goals by foot 75
2 Goals by head 1
83 Goals scored 79
54 Goals conceded 52
0 Shots on bar 1
Sunderland AFC vs Sheffield Wednesday statistics for most recent head to head matches
Sunderland AFC Sheffield Wednesday
13 Matches 13
7 Home Matches 6
6 Away Matches 7
19 Total Goals 15
1.46 Average Goals Scored 1.15
6 Wins 4
4 Losses 6
3 Draws 3
Last 5 games & match results between Sunderland AFC and Sheffield Wednesday
May 9, 2022 League One 21/22 Sheffield Wednesday 1  - 1 Sunderland AFC
May 6, 2022 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 1  - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
December 30, 2021 League One 21/22 Sunderland AFC 5  - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
November 2, 2021 League One 21/22 Sheffield Wednesday 3  - 0 Sunderland AFC
August 16, 2018 EFL Cup 18/19 Sunderland AFC 0  - 2 Sheffield Wednesday

League One table:

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Wycombe Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Port Vale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Bristol Rovers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Peterborough United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Oxford United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Cambridge United 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Plymouth Argyle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Shrewsbury Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Lincoln City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Cheltenham Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Barnsley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Sheffield Wednesday 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Milton Keynes Dons 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Accrington Stanley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Charlton Athletic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Exeter City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Portsmouth FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Fleetwood Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Burton Albion 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Bolton Wanderers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Ipswich Town 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Forest Green Rovers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Morecambe FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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