We’re now counting the days for the 2022 League One playoff final, with that in mind, we look at the latest ticket sales.
Over 44,000 Sunderland supporters have already booked their seat at Wembley Stadium, with a further 2,500 tickets – some of which are restricted view – set to go on sale, confirmed on Wednesday after a request.
The Black Cats has made continuous representations to the EFL and Wembley Stadium throughout the week to increase the Club’s ticket allocation and are pleased this request has been granted.
Supporters are advised this will be the Club’s final additional ticket allocation and no further tickets will be released for this fixture.
To secure your seat for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final against Wycombe Wanderers, Sunderland fans are to click here.
A limited number of tickets for our Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final against Wycombe Wanderers will be on sale from 3:30pm today.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) May 18, 2022
An EFL Spokesperson said: “Following discussions with Sunderland AFC and Wembley National Stadium over the past 48 hours, the EFL is pleased to confirm that an additional allocation of approximately 2,500 tickets will be made available to Sunderland supporters or this Saturday’s Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final.
“The configuration of Wembley Stadium presents a number of challenges for the event organisers that must be considered, while implementing the requirement for the segregation of supporters but this final allocation ensures that there will be in the region of 46,000 Sunderland supporters attending this fixture.
“The EFL acknowledges that it will be incredibly frustrating for fans who have been unable to secure a ticket to see a number of empty seating blocks on show at the weekend, but the decision by Wembley National Stadium to make this the final allocation of tickets has been taken in the primary interest of supporter safety.”
As of 4pm on Wednesday 18th May, Chairboys fans have snapped up 22,000 tickets.
The Buckinghamshire side say it is the most tickets bought by Chairboys fans for any game in the 21st century.
Wycombe are hoping to return to the Championship at the first attempt having suffered relegation last season.
A Wycombe statement said: “The club are pleased to have received permission to increase the ticket allowance for fans buying in phase three from two tickets [as previously advertised] to four tickets per person, having monitored sales over the weekend and taken on board feedback from supporters.”
Gareth Ainsworth’s side reached Saturday’s final with a 2-1 aggregate win against MK Dons in the semi-finals, while Sunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday.
The Chairboys were forced to play their 2019-20 League One play-off final against Oxford in front of an empty Wembley, because of Covid restrictions.
Meanwhile, Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has praised Sunderland boss Alex Neil.
“He’s done a brilliant job.
“He’s got some good players and it’s a tough job, Sunderland.
“I was publicly linked with that job a few years ago and it really is a tough, tough job when you find out just how big that club can be.
“They are probably the biggest club outside the Premier League.
“So for us to be playing them in a final is just phenomenal, and the job he has done so far has been fantastic.”
Data Analysis (via SportsMole)
SportsMole’s analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Sunderland win with a probability of 50.81%. A draw has a probability of 25.9% and a win for Wycombe Wanderers has a probability of 23.24%.
The most likely scoreline for a Sunderland win is 1-0 with a probability of 13.12%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-0 (9.93%) and 2-1 (9.25%). The likeliest drawn scoreline is 1-1 (12.22%), while for a Wycombe Wanderers win it is 0-1 (8.08%).
Twitter users reacted to the latest ticket sales for the 2022 League One playoff final…
@nicholaswilso11: You know what it might not be as much as we’d hoped but at least they have used common sense and allowed more fans to go 👏
@niallsafc22: Loads of people complaining that its not much and I agree but take the positive that its another 2500 Mackems that will be buzzing tonight and hopefully on Saturday as well
“MK are a disgrace for leaving empty seats, they should have sold us more tickets”
Also Wycombe fans ;
“The arrogance of sunderland fans to ask for more tickets is ridiculous, it’s a neutral venue, leave the seats empty”
@RealMad22400995: 99% Sunderland fans appreciate the work to get us more, the additional tickets have sold out in 5 minutes, but 2,500 more fans able to attend.. fair play👏🏽👏🏽
@tlmfootball: nice to see some respectful Sunderland fans in the replies after some of the stuff they’ve come out with this week. Here’s hoping for a great game either way 🤞
@joshmontage656: Works both ways, after our club asked for more ticket yours fans decided to brand us “arrogant and entitled” so nice to see respect from Wycombe 🙂
@joel_gradwell: Fair play 👏
@LRSagarSAFC: Thank you Wycombe fair play 🙏🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
@GuzzlerSAFC: Fair play to Wycombe mind, really do seem to be helping maximise how many are there. Plenty clubs wouldn’t tbh. Credit where its due
@EddyGray19: Many thanks Wycombe 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 it would be great to see that ground full. And I don’t for one minute believe this disadvantage rubbish, if yous were afraid of big opposition crowds you wouldn’t be fighting for promotion 🤣🤣🤣
@Jordan243431: I think folk forget that a large number of tickets will be reserved for sponsors. Will they show up, maybe not but that’s not in our control. 70k sold between both clubs – sponsors no doubt have 10k. A number of seats lost to divide fans so there’s not a huge amount left after
@DaveCoulthard85: Fair play, @wwfcofficial 👏. I know not everyone agrees with us taking a bigger allocation and what’s fair etc but allowing us the additional tickets is appreciated. See you
Sunderland fans not realising that it’s only with Wycombe’s agreement that these extra tickets have been released.
— Leeroy Brown (@noeth_wycombe) May 18, 2022
I think you meant”thank you for enabling more Sunderland fans to attend the game”
— 🔑👵🏼 (@KenanMcCabe15) May 18, 2022