Bouncebackability is a wonderful thing. One moment, your team could be staring into the abyss and within an instance be flying high.
This term has been regularly linked with Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday in recent months, which makes it only fitting that the two are squaring off in Championship action on Friday evening at 7.45pm.
The Seagulls have definitely been nose-diving and then flying since the new season kicked off last month.
Gus Poyet’s men had a terrible start in all competitions when they were thrashed 3-0 against Swindon Town to be dumped out of the Capital One Cup – still can’t get our heads around that name – before a 1-0 defeat away to Hull City.
However, just as fans were beginning to think that the terrible second-season syndrome was beginning to kick in the team performed a miraculous turnaround.
A draw against Cardiff City – which many people are predicting to lift the Championship trophy come May 2013 – followed by convincing wins against Barnsley and Burnley has seen The Seagulls climb into the top four.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has been quick to praise Gus Poyet’s men for their never-say-die attitude, a characteristic that they have maintained since finishing in the top ten of the Championship against the odds last season.
They started well, then fell away a bit and then got it together again. They’ve strengthened for this season and they’ll be doing exactly the same as what we’re doing right now and that’s preparing for Friday.
The Owls have also been digging deep recently after promotion to the Championship are currently lying sixth after wins against Birmingham City and Millwall.
A 2-1 defeat away to Crystal Palace put a halt to their gallop and Paddy Power is offering 14/5 that they get back to winning ways on their long trip to the south coast where Brighton are 10/11 favourites while the draw is a tasty 5/2.