Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal issues confident response when asked if Owls have practised penalties before play-off final

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The Owls face Hull City in the Championship play-off final.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal jokingly issued a confident response when asked by reporters if his side have been practising penalties in the build-up to the Championship play-off final, the Sheffield Star reports.

Wednesday will face Hull City at Wembley on Saturday with the final spot in next season's Premier League up for grabs. And while the enormity of the situation may make some managers very intense leading up to the game, the Portuguese was able to make a light-hearted prediction when asked whether practising spot-kicks had been on the agenda in training.

"It won't come to penalties," he told the Star.

Despite how Carvalhal responded, it would hardly be a surprise if he has been ensuring that some time has been dedicated to the squad practising from 12 yards.

Not only will the importance of the game mean that he is unlikely to leave any stone unturned in the build-up, but their previous results against the Tigers suggests that their Wembley showdown could well go all the way.

The two sides have drawn on both of the occasions that they have met this past term. And while Hull finished higher in the table, the fact that the Owls knocked Brighton - who finished third during the regular season - out in their semi-final and have the momentum from being the only unbeaten side left out of the four that qualified for the play-offs should ensure another close game. 

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