Championship Play Off Final – 2022 Preview

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Huddersfield Town v Nottingham Forest

The richest domestic game in world football takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 29 May as Huddersfield Town face Nottingham Forest with both clubs looking to book a place in the Premier League next season.

The Championship Play Off final kicks off at 4.30pm with the Terriers of Huddersfield hoping to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2019. Their opponents, Nottingham Forest, are previous European Cup winners, but have not played in the Premier League since being relegated in 1997.

Where did the clubs finish in the Championship?

Huddersfield finished third in the Championship, but six points behind runners-up Bournemouth, and eight points off the top. The Terriers won 23 of their 46 league games, losing just 10 over the season.

Nottingham Forest finished just two points behind Huddersfield in fourth place, but could boast being the third highest scorers in the division with 73 goals, and with having the second best defensive record after conceding just 40 goals in their 46 games.

How Huddersfield reached Wembley?

Huddersfield faced Luton Town in the play-off semi-finals and drew 1-1 in the first leg at Kenilworth Road thanks to an early Daniel Sinani strike. Despite conceding before half-time, Carlos Corberan would have been pleased to go into the second leg level and with home advantage.

In the return game at the John Smith’s Stadium, a late Jordan Rhodes goal was enough to give the Terriers a 1-0 success to send them to Wembley on a 2-1 aggregate win.

How Nottingham Forest reached Wembley?

Nottingham Forest had a far less comfortable route to Wembley despite winning their first leg. Forest led 2-0 at Sheffield United thanks to strikes from Jack Colback, and Brennan Johnson, but conceded an injury time goal to set up a tense second leg.

On home soil at the City Ground, Forest went into an early lead, with Brennan on the score sheet again, to put Steven Cooper’s side 3-1 up on aggregate. But two second half goals from the visitors took the game to extra time. The sides could not split in the additional 30 minutes, so the tie was decided on penalties with Forest edging it 3-2 in dramatic style.

What happened when the clubs met this season?

Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest faced each other three times this season; twice in the league and once in the FA Cup.

Nottingham Forest won 2-0 at Huddersfield in September, whilst the Terriers won 1-0 at Forest in December. The sides last met in March in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the City Ground, with Forest coming out on top 2-1.

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