Championship Playoffs 2014

This entry was posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Every year the Championship play-off game seems to go up in financial value by about £10m and this year is no different as one former England manager faces one man who feels he should be the current England manager. It’s Steve v Harry at Wembley on Saturday.

Derby arrive as favourites having finished five points above the Londoners, and at 3/4 with Bet365 we think they will. A lot has been made of the fact QPR’s 15 players used over the two semi-final legs have over 2,000 Premier League games between them, but we’d give more importance to form and with seven wins in eight Derby are on song. Perhaps history is an important factor here and incredibly no side finishing 4th (as QPR did) have been promoted since Charlton in 1998. Back the younger and more exciting Derby team to be back in the Premier League.

The League One playoff on Sunday sees Leyton Orient travel the short distance across London to take on Rotherham and goals look likely. Rotherham and Orient were the second and third top scorers in the division, indeed the O’s only failed to score in four games all season – the lowest in the division by a margin. Defensively Orient may have the edge. The East London side conceded under a goal a game (45 in 46 games) where Rotherham conceded thirteen more. We’ll back the underdog here and say that Russell Slade, linked with the vacant post at West Brom earlier in the week, will take his side to the Championship. It’s 2.26 on Betfair whilst over 2.5 goals looks the value at 10/11 with Paddy Power.

Both League Two semi-finals were very cautious affairs and it looks as though the final will be as well when Burton face Fleetwood. In the league they both won away from home against each other whilst they drew in the FA Cup before the Brewers won the replay. The pressure will be on the bigger budgeted Fleetwood but this appears to have a draw all over it which is 11/5 with Ladbrokes. None of the last three League Two play-off finals have seen both teams score so perhaps consider backing ‘No’ in Both Teams to Score at 17/20 with Ladbrokes. No Goalscorer is tempting when the price settles on Betfair at around 9.2.

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