Huddersfield v Reading Tips and Betting Offers, Championship play-off final, Monday 29th May 2017
Which of these two will manage to win entry in to next season’s Premier League? With two Championship sides already up, the final remaining slot in the top flight will be filled on Monday. As always, the Championship play-off final is one of the most lucrative matches in sport, with a money-spinning reward for either side. Both are guaranteed huge sums, even if they can’t fight off the drop next season.
Huddersfield come in to this clash as favourites, priced at 11/8 with Bet365. However, the draw can be backed at 23/10 with BetFred, while Reading can be backed at the same price with Ladbrokes. Clearly this will be a tight clash, but just who will take the golden ticket to the top flight? Will Huddersfield secure a long awaited return to the highest level of English football?
The Terriers are favourites, despite a late season slump leaving them fifth in the table. Once their play-off spot was secure and automatic promotion was behind them, boss David Wagner fielded a weakened side. That caused a stir in many parts, but you have to ask if it really gave them an advantage. Two mixed displays in the semis against Sheffield Wednesday suggest that it has hampered their hopes of promotion.
Reading boos Jaap Stam could be about to complete a brilliant first season at the club. However, the Royals have already been in the top flight during three of the last 11 seasons. While that’s not a huge chunk, many neutrals will be siding with the potential newcomers to the Premier League. But just which side is worth putting your cash on?
Reading did enough to finish third in the Championship, but yet they were seen as outsiders against Fulham in the semis. They did enough to see off the Cottagers, and we think the bookies might be underestimating them again. Not only do most play-off winners finish third in the Championship, but the Royals have a strong record going in to this game. They avoided defeat in 72% of their matches this term, winning seven of their last nine to finish the campaign on a high. Against a disjointed Huddersfield side, we recommended backing them draw no bet at 10/7 with 888Sport.
We can also see a low scoring tie here, with the last four play-off finals seeing unde 2.5 goals scored. All of the semi-final legs this season finished with two goals or fewer, and we think this could be even tighter. Three of the previous four finals have seen less than two goals, so we’re backing under 1.5 here at 7/4 with Coral.
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