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Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final: Pre-match stat pack

26 May 2023

Wembley is poised for an all-South Yorkshire showdown in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final between Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday. Here is your pre-match stat pack...

  • This will be Barnsley's fourth Football League Play-Off Final. They lost 4-2 to Ipswich in 2000 (second tier), beat Swansea on penalties in 2006 (League One) and beat Millwall 3-1 in 2016 (League One).
  • This is Sheffield Wednesday’s third EFL Play-Off Final – they won their first 4-2 in extra-time in 2004-05 against Hartlepool United in League One, but lost their most recent final 1-0 against Hull City in the Championship in 2015/16.
  • Barnsley won both of their meetings with Sheffield Wednesday in the regular League One season, winning 2-0 away and 4-2 at home. They last won three in a row against the Owls in all competitions between 1931 and 1946 (5).
  • Sheffield Wednesday haven't lost three meetings against a specific opponent in a single season since 2003/04, when they lost four times against Blackpool.
  • Sheffield Wednesday became the first team in the history of the EFL Play-Offs to reach the Final after losing the first leg of the Semi-Final by a four-goal margin, losing 4-0 in the first leg against Peterborough United before winning 5-1 in the second leg and progressing 5-3 on penalties.
  • Barnsley come into this match having won just one of their last five games (D2 L2), though it was a 1-0 victory against Bolton in the second leg of their Play-Off Semi-Final.
  • Barnsley have lost three of their five matches at Wembley Stadium. The exceptions were two victories in 2016, beating Oxford in the EFL Trophy final in April, and Millwall in the League One Play-Off Final in May. Their most recent visit was a 1-0 loss to Spurs in the EFL Cup third round in September 2017.
  • Sheffield Wednesday won three of their first four games at Wembley (1935 FA Cup vs West Brom, 1991 League Cup final vs Man Utd, 1993 FA Cup Semi-Final vs Sheffield United) but are winless in their last four visits to the national stadium (D1 L3), with their most recent visit a 1-0 defeat to Hull in the 2016 Championship Play-Off Final.
  • Sheffield Wednesday have scored 104 goals in all competitions this season, their most in a single campaign since scoring 106 in the 1992/93 season, when they were a top-flight side.
  • Including the Play-Offs, Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has created the most chances in League One (133), played the most passes into the opposition box (512) and completed the most crosses (118) of any player. In all competitions this season, only Michael Smith (29) and Josh Windass (22) have more goals and assists for the Owls than Bannan (20 – 7 goals, 13 assists).

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