Championship season 2021/22 has officially ended, but the teams from 3rd to 6th in the end still have not been rested because “must” attend the playoff round to compete for the last place to attend the prestigious Premier League in the 2022 season. /23.
Accordingly, 4 teams will be divided into 2 pairs of semi-final kicks at home and away. The overall winner (where the away goals rule applies) will advance to the final down at Wembley. Last night took place the first leg of the first semi-final between Luton and Huddersfield with a 1-1 draw.
Tonight Sheffield (Thursday) will host Nottingham (Wednesday) at home in the first leg of the remaining semi-final. Sheffield United – the new team that played in the English Premier League last season – had a bad start in the Championship 2021/22, but coach Paul Heckingbottom’s teachers and students came back strongly in phase 2 and then finished the season in the second position. 5 as originally planned.
Steve Cooper’s team did not win the last 2 rounds (lost 1) but partly due to the lack of motivation (certainly in the Top 6 but all the doors to the Top 2 have tickets for direct promotion to the Premier League). Remember the previous period, Nottingham had won 9/10 matches in the Championship.
With the advantage of the field in the first leg and the importance of a playoff semi-final, Sheffield Utd’s handicap -1/4 is not considered too beautiful. Please note that in the reception of Nottingham at the new home ground in March this year, Sheffield Utd still accepted -1/2. In fact, the last 6 clashes between the two sides, Sheffield only won 1, but 3 of them ended in a draw. That could be the scenario for tonight’s reunion.