Championship play-off semi-final second leg TV channel, kick-off time and how the two sides made it to the top six

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Owl about that

The Owls and the Terriers battle it out to reperesent Yorkshire at Wembley following a 0-0 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium

Sheffield Wednesday are looking for a second Wembley final in two years following their 1-0 loss against Hull City last season.

In their way stands David Wagner’s Huddersfield, who have been this season’s Championship surprise package.

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Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield lock horns again after a 0-0 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Yorkshire clash.

When is Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield and where can I watch it?

Sheffield Wednesday take on Huddersfield at Hillsborough on Wednesday, May 17.

The match will kick off at 7.45pm.

Live coverage will be shown on Sky Sports 3 from 7.30pm.

Alternatively you can follow all the action on the SunSport live blog.

How did Huddersfield get to the play-offs?

Tipped to be deep in the bottom half of the table, David Wagner’s side actually ended up spending more time flirting with the top two than clinging on to a top six spot.

They flew out of the traps with five wins from the first six, including victory at Newcastle, and kept their automatic promotion hopes alive until the last two weeks of April.

As Dortmund II coach under Jurgen Klopp, Wagner is something of a disciple of the Liverpool boss and his ‘gegenpressing’ style.

David Wagner is a larger-than-life figure in the mould of Jurgen Klopp

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David Wagner is a larger-than-life figure in the mould of Jurgen Klopp

And he also shares his mentor’s larger-than-life personality, wildly celebrating every Terriers goal.

That has got him into trouble on occasion such as against Leeds, when he ran towards the goal to celebrate a last minute winner with the fans, resulting in a touchline row with Garry Monk.

How did Sheffield Wednesday get to the play-offs?

The Owls have unfinished business in the playoffs after Wednesday fans journeyed down to Wembley in their tens of thousands only to see a half empty Hull section celebrating a 1-0 win.

Now one of the league’s biggest clubs are aiming to return to where they believe they belong after a 17-year absence from the Premier League.

Brought in by new Thai owners two years ago, former Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas boss Carlos Carvalhal transformed Wednesday from mid-table also-rans into regular play-off contenders.

Although the Portuguese boss’ work still has its detractors.

Rumours abound that Alan Pardew is in line to replace Carvalhal at Hillsborough regardless of whether the Owls reach the Premier League.

Carlos Carvalhal is more reserved than Wagner but equally impressive

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Carlos Carvalhal is more reserved than Wagner but equally impressive

This season’s run-in could have been a lot more uncomfortable for Sheffield Wednesday as they spent the closing weeks with Fulham breathing down their necks.

But the capitulation of Leeds meant they secured their spot in the top six with a game to spare.

And Huddersfield’s defeats in the final two games meant Wednesday secured an impressive 4th place finish at the end of the season.

What was the score when the two teams played each other?

Back in 2015, Sheffield Wednesday were David Wagner’s first opponents as Huddersfield boss, and ran out 3-1 winners at Hillsborough.

Carlos Carvalhal has continued his dominance over Wagner this season, with a 1-0 away win and 2-0 home win.

The 0-0 draw in Sunday’s first leg at the John Smith’s Stadium was the first time Wagner has avoided defeat against Carvalhal.





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