Bookings: Sparks may fly in high-stakes Championship play-off contest


CARD king Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) is back to attack Wednesday night's Championship play-off semi-final second leg from Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield | Wednesday 19:45 | Sky Sports

Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town slug it out on Wednesday night for the right to play Reading in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The tie is perfectly poised at 0-0 following the first leg at Huddersfield and a sold out Hillsborough should be bouncing as two combustible teams and managers get it on.

The first leg saw five yellow cards issued by Paul Tierney.

Predictably the FA have appointed experienced Premier League whistleblower Andre Marriner for this game. He averages 4.2 cards per-game in all competitions this term. Martin Atkinson has been dour lately yet even he managed five yellows as Reading advanced past Fulham.

The stats

The head-to-head record between Wednesday and Huddersfield shows an average of 4 cards per-game. This season the Owls averaged 1.83 cards per-game and the Terriers 2.02.

Player wise, Adam Reach of Wednesday (9/2 SkyBet) and Chris Lowe (7/2 William Hill) are statistically most likely to get a card as they ranked 39th and 41st respectively of all Championship players during the regular season.

The betting angle

Reach was carded in the first leg. Personally, if I were doing this market, I'd be looking at Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannon (7/2 William Hill) if he plays.

I think a red card is a big runner in this contest at 10/3 (William Hill).

I can see sparks flying late on. However, I'm keeping it simple by backing Over 45 Bookings Points at 21/20 with William Hill. Bet365 have this as a 4/6 shot so Hills are offering value.

If you’re new to Booking Points – a yellow card earns 10 points and a red card earns 25 points. If a player receives 2 yellow cards and is consequently shown a red card, he receives a total of 35 Booking Points.

Best Bets

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield – Over 45 Bookings Points (21/20 William Hill)

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