David Wagner adds to mind games with claims that 'pressure is entirely on Sheffield Wednesday' in play-off semi-finals

Terriers boss David Wagner
Terriers boss David Wagner
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Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner declared his side the underdog as they prepare to face Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off semi-finals next week.

The two sides will first meet at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday before heading back to Hillsborough for the return fixture on Wednesday night.

David Wagner and Carlos Carvalhal

David Wagner and Carlos Carvalhal

And Wagner says that Huddersfield's form going into the showdown makes Wednesday favourites to go through.

The Terriers won just three of their last nine games since the beginning of April. Wednesday, in comparison, lost just once in that period, with a shadow side against Fulham today, and went on a run of six victories in a row before that.

Add to that, Wednesday have already beaten Huddersfield twice this season.

“We will be the underdog against Sheffield Wednesday given our form, but we’ve been in this position all season,” said Wagner.

“It’s a new competition and I think the pressure is entirely on the other side, not on our side. This is a wonderful position we are in and we are so happy to be involved.”

Carlos Carvalhal said last week that his side weren't favourites in the play-offs as a whole, as had been suggested following their six-game unbeaten run which came to an end against Fulham on Sunday.

Carvalhal told The Star: “We are not outsiders anymore and we haven’t been since the beginning of the season. It has not been easy managing the expectation levels. “But we are not favourites (for the play-offs). We have a 25 per cent chance just like the other teams.”

The Owls reached Wembley in 2016 after beating Brighton and Hove Albion, who narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, 3-1 on aggregate over two legs. However, Wednesday came unstuck in the final, losing 1-0 to Hull City.

“The reality is we don’t know what will happen in the play-offs but we have full confidence in our team and players,” said Carvalhal. “At this moment, I think things are more balanced. Each team has a 25 per cent chance. “We have the experience from last season. We are playing with confidence and are in a good moment.

“We have very good expectations but we must respect all the opponents. We will try to reach the final and after let’s see what we can achieve.”