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Hull City odds-on to reach Premier League after beating Derby

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Hull scrape through their Championship play-off semi-final clash against Rams to set up a Wembley showdown with Sheffield Wednesday

There will be a Yorkshire derby at Wembley on Saturday 28 May, with Hull City going through at the expense of Derby County and they will now meet Sheffield Wednesday for a place in the Premier League next season.

Hull claimed a 3-0 win at the iPro Stadium on Saturday although Tuesday’s second leg clash saw the Rams come back at the Tigers and race into a 2-0 lead, although they were unable to find a third goal to restore parity.

“We never do things easy but we have to give credit to Derby who on the night put up a hell of a show” said Steve Bruce.

“We had to show resilience which saw us through in the end. Over the two legs we have just shaded them.

“Talk about two extremes. It was a nervous, edgy night. We had to defend for an hour and we have done that to go through.”

The bookies now make Steve Bruce’s team strong favourites to land promotion to the Premier League, with Ladbrokes offering 8/13 that Hull are a top flight side again after Wembley.

There are plenty of experienced heads within the Hull side, although both matches against Sheffield Wednesday this season have finished level and the Owls are 11/8 to return to the top flight after a sixteen-year absence.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side claimed a 2-0 win over Brighton at Hillsborough before drawing 1-1 at the AMEX Stadium and they will relish playing the role of underdogs at Wembley, with a noisy band of supporters there to cheer them on.

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