Preview: Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday

Hull City will be aiming to secure a return to England’s top flight at the first attempt when they lock horns with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.

The Tigers were one of the early-season favourites to earn automatic promotion to the Premier League after making a strong start to the campaign and maintaining their position in the top five of the Championship standings.

However, they have been forced to battle it out in the play-offs after finishing in fourth place, six points behind second-placed Middlesbrough. Steve Bruce’s men recorded a 3-0 victory over Derby County in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals, with the Rams’ 2-0 win in the return leg not enough to topple the Tigers.

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Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, have unexpectedly progressed all the way to the play-off final after a sluggish start to the season under manager Carlos Carvalhal.

The Owls only got stronger as the season progressed, though, ending the campaign in the last available play-off berth.

They defeated a bitterly disappointed Brighton & Hove Albion in the play-off semi-finals, with the Seagulls having missed out on a second-place finish to Middlesbrough by virtue of an inferior goal difference.

In team news, Tigers keeper Allan McGregor (back) remains on the treatment table, meaning Eldin Jakupovic will continue to deputise in his absence.

The Owls, meanwhile, boast a fully-fit squad and are likely to name an unchanged squad.

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