Play-Offs preview: the second legs

Wembley Stadium awaits as we strategy the second legs of this season’s Sky Bet EFL Play-Off Semi-Finals, following some unimaginable first-leg drama.

It is all or nothing, and that is how issues are shaping up…


Brentford v Bournemouth (0-1 after first leg)

Regardless of that their side are trailing 1-0 after the primary leg, Brentford supporters have to look back just 10 months for inspiration and consolation forward of the second leg on the Brentford Group Stadium. Thomas Frank’s side have been in an an identical place in last season’s Semi-Finals after they overcame Swansea City 3-1 to succeed in Wembley. Bournemouth will probably be equally assured, nonetheless, and will look to make use of their swift counter-attacking fashion which options the tempo and close management of Arnaut Danjuma to place the tie past the hosts.

Swansea City v Barnsley (1-0 after first leg)

In three conferences this season, Barnsley are but to score against Swansea. Valerien Ismael’s side might want to change that undesirable statistic on the Liberty Stadium if they’re to keep up the membership’s good file of reaching the final in all three of their earlier Play-Off Semi-Finals. For Swansea, it’s all about redemption. Last season they took a 1-0 lead secured by an Andre Ayew goal into the second leg at Brentford and lost. Ayew’s goal at Oakwell on Monday has them forward once more. The distinction this time round is that Steve Cooper’s side will probably be in entrance of their own followers on the Liberty Stadium.



Blackpool v Oxford United (3-0 after first leg)

Data are there to be damaged. That would be the mantra of Karl Robinson and his teaching team when Oxford journey to the Fylde coast. No side within the history of the Sky Bet League One Play-Offs has recovered from a three-goal first leg deficit to make it to the Final, not to mention one conceded at home. Oxford managed the identical variety of makes an attempt on goal as their opponents in Tuesday’s first leg, however Blackpool’s skill to counter-attack at tempo with Ellis Simms trying so as to add to his two first-leg strikes might prove decisive.

Sunderland v Lincoln City (0-2 after first leg)

A fair first leg at Sincil Financial institution was levered in Lincoln’s favour by two second-half goals, together with an opportunistic Brennan Johnson cost down of a Lee Burge clearance. That goal might prove pivotal on the Stadium of Mild the place Sunderland will hope that luck shines on them greater than it did on Wednesday night. The Black Cats belied their nickname by putting the woodwork twice with the score at 0-0. Lee Johnson’s males will hope that fortune is allied to the bravery they might want to present in entrance of 10,000 passionate Mackems.



Forest Inexperienced Rovers v Newport County (0-2 after first leg)

Having ceded home benefit within the second leg as a result of their Rodney Parade pitch was due to be replaced, Newport used Tuesday’s first leg as a possibility to carve out a useful 2-0 result in take to Gloucestershire. May Matty Dolan presumably replicate his thunderbolt of a strike which put the Exiles in entrance? Or will Aaron Collins reclaim the household bragging rights from youthful brother Lewis, who scored Newport’s second goal? He will certainly need assistance if Forest Inexperienced are to overturn their deficit and attain a primary EFL Play-Off Final.

Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers (2-1 after the primary leg)

Having not reached a Play-Off Final in 13 earlier seasons as an EFL membership, Morecambe seized a treasured 2-1 lead from Thursday’s first leg on the Wirral. That was regardless of being outplayed for giant components of the sport. Derek Adams’ males additionally know that no side picked up extra Sky Bet League Two points or scored extra goals at home than them this season. Tranmere’s dominance will certainly fortify them for Sunday’s second leg, however they have to enhance their finishing if they’re to make it to Wembley for a second time in three seasons. 


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