Hello and welcome part two of the heavyweight playoff clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland. Between them, these don’t say sleeping giants, don’t say sleeping giants teams have spent 152 seasons in the top flight. That was then and this is now; that was just nostalgia. Right here, right now, their sole ambition is to return to the Champsionship.
Both teams could be two games away – tonight’s match at Hillsborough, then the playoff final against Wycombe a week on Saturday. Sunderland lead 1-0 from the first leg at the Stadium of Light, and will take heart from their dominance in that game, certainly in the second half. But Wednesday had the best home record in League One this season, which included an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunderland in November. (They also lost the return fixture 5-0, so there’s that.)
This game has a diverse wardrobe, but at heart it’s a 50/50 contest. Just as it should be.
Kick off 7.45pm.