Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton - Match Guide

Owls and Brighton players walk out to a packed Hillsborough in last season's play-off semi-final
Owls and Brighton players walk out to a packed Hillsborough in last season's play-off semi-final
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Brighton make a return to Hillsborough on Saturday for the first time since their play-off semi-final defeat last season.

Possible Teams

WEDNESDAY (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer or Jack Hunt, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Daniel Pudil, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, David Jones, Adam Reach, Fernando Forestieri, Steven Fletcher
BRIGHTON (4-4-2): David Stockdale, Bruno, Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk, Gaëtan Bong, Anthony Knockaert, Steve Sidwell, Oliver Norwood, Jiří Skalák, Tomer Hemed, Glenn Murray

STATS: All the facts and figures ahead of Wednesday's visit of Brighton

History Lesson

Tomorrow’s meeting will be the first time the two teams have met since Wednesday secured a 3-1 aggregate win in the Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals. Ross Wallace, pictured inset, was the hero, scoring in both legs last May. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg after strikes either side of half-time by Wallace and Lee, Lewis Dunk deservedly reduced the deficit at a jam-packed Amex Stadium. But winger Wallace had the final word as his cross drifted in to book their Wembley spot. Sixth-placed Wednesday ended the 2015/16 campaign 15 points and three places below the Seagulls. Both matches finished goalless in the regular season. However, history is not on Brighton’s side as they have never won at Hillsborough in 17 visits, drawing eight and losing nine.

Ross Wallace scores for Wednesday against Brighton

Ross Wallace scores for Wednesday against Brighton

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One to Watch

Anthony Knockaert: The mercurial French forward is one of the best players outside of the Premier League. Knockaert, the subject of an unsuccessful multi-million pound bid from Newcastle United over the summer, has notched four goals in 10 starts this term.

Man in the Middle

Anthony Knockaert is Brighton's player to watch

Anthony Knockaert is Brighton's player to watch

Oliver Langford: It is the West Midlands based whistler’s ninth season refereeing in the EFL. He has taken charge of nine matches this term, issuing 34 bookings and no red cards. Langford will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and James Mainwaring. He last took charge of an Owls match in March 2015 when they beat Rotherham United 3-2.