The ex-Owls defender feels his former club have two decent advantages.
Hillsborough plays host on Friday as the Owls look to draw first blood in the two-legged tie and take a big step toward the final at Wembley on May 28. Indeed, Carlos Carvalhal's side are at home in the first leg when perhaps teams and players may prefer that comfort in the second leg of a tie, but Hinchcliffe says it works in Wednesday's favour.
In addition to that, the Seagulls go into the playoffs after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion, following a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough on the final day, and the former Wednesday defender, who left the club in 2002 after four years, says that it'll be "tough" for Chris Hughton's troops to readjust for the tie.
“You have to wonder what Brighton’s state of mind will be like after missing out on automatic promotion,” he said to The Sheffield Star. “They won’t be feeling good about themselves and in some ways will feel like they have failed.
“When you come so close and miss out, you sometimes get the feeling that it is not going to be your season. It will be tough for Brighton."
He added: "But I think it’s ideal that Wednesday are home in the first leg because they can hit Brighton where it hurts."
The Sheffield giants have been absent from the Premier League since 2000, spending the last 16 years between the Championship and League One but there is a sense that they have the momentum to end that long wait this time.
Both sides played out drab 0-0 draws home and away against one another this season already.