Sheffield Wednesday will host Brighton and Hove Albion, who narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, in the first leg of their Championship Play-Off Semi-Final on Friday.
Should they prevail, Wednesday will play either Hull City or Derby County in the final on Saturday May 28.
History, though, is not on the Owls’ side. The last team who finished in sixth position to gain promotion to the Premier League was Blackpool six years ago.
A positive result in the first leg could be crucial to Wednesday’s hopes of reaching the final at Wembley.
The Owls have the fifth best home record in the league with 13 wins, eight draws and two defeats. Only Hull City have scored more goals at home this season than Carlos Carvalhal’s men.
Their away record is more modest, however. the Owls have the eleventh best record with six wins, nine draws and seven defeats.
Heading into end-of-season lottery, Wednesday finished the regular season in fourteenth place in the league’s form table with one win, three draws and two defeats in their final six matches – the lowest finish of the four play-off contenders.
Head-to-head (last 10 fixtures): Sheffield Wednesday – 4 Brighton – 3 Draws – 3
Biggest victory: 1913/14 season, 3-0 victory in the FA Cup
Current form (last 6 fixtures): W-W-W-W-D-D (2nd place)
Albion have the division’s fourth best home record with 15 wins, five draws and three defeats. They boast the second best away record, racking up nine wins, twelve draws and just two defeats.
Head-to-head (last 10 fixtures): Sheffield Wednesday – 2 Hull City – 5 Draws - 3
Biggest victory: 1951/2 season, 6-0 victory in the old Division Two
Current form (last 6 fixtures): W-W-D-W-L-W (4th place)
Hull City’s home form this term currently sees them in second place in the home table. The Tigers have lost just once on home soil, winning fifteen matches and drawing the remaining seven. Away from home, nine wins, four draws and a further 10 defeats see Steve Bruce and company occupy ninth place in the away form table.
Head-to-head (last 10 fixtures): Sheffield Wednesday – 0 Derby – 4 Draws - 6
Biggest victory: 1928/9 season, 5-0 victory in the old Division One
Current form (last 6 fixtures): W-W-W-D-D-L (5th place)
Derby’s home record is the division’s seventh best, with 12 wins, seven draws and four defeats.
Their away form ranks slightly higher - the Rams boast the fourth best record to date with nine victories and eight draws.
Wednesday have failed to beat Derby in their last 16 meetings.