EFL Championship Play-Offs Odds and Predictions – Football Betting

Villa can go one better than last year in Championship play-offs

Championship Betting

The EFL Championship Play-offs – one of the most valuable competitions in world football.

It’s been estimated that victory at Wembley in the final is worth £200million in terms of future revenue so the stakes couldn’t be higher. All four teams have played in the Premier League before, though it’s 15 years since Leeds United were in the top flight and Derby County recorded the lowest points total ever on one recent flirtation. West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa make up the quartet and they will meet in the semi-finals so there will be no room for neutrals, or Birmingham City fans, on those nights.

EFL Championship Play-Offs Current Best Odds

Leeds United and Aston Villa 2/1
West Bromwich Albion 4/1
Derby County 9/2
(Odds correct at 5.00pm May 7)

LeedsLEEDS UNITED

Leeds are beginning their third play-off campaign but the end-of-season lottery has not been kind so far to the West Yorkshire side. They lost the Championship Final to Watford in 2006 and the League 1 Final to Doncaster Rovers two years later. Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure at Elland Road has been controversial and the Argentinian will now have to earn his salary to lift his players, who looked shattered when they lost at Brentford to hand automatic promotion to Norwich and Sheffield United. They also lost their final game at already-relegated Ipswich and have leading striker Patrick Bamford suspended for the first leg of their semi-finals. On the plus side, the Whites did convincingly do the double over opponents Derby County in the regular season and have the advantage of having the second leg in front of their fanatical supporters. Leeds are a best 2/1 with Betway to recover from their traumatic end to the campaign and win promotion via the play-offs.

WBAWEST BROMWICH ALBION

The Throstles flirted with automatic promotion for a large part of the season but lost key games and also, rather harshly, manager Darren Moore. Caretaker boss Jimmy Shan did well to steady the ship and they qualified for the play-offs with something to spare but Hal Robson-Kanu’s red card in the closing seconds of their last-day defeat at Derby means the Welsh international will be a spectator for the semi-finals, though Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez would have been their preferred strike force in any case – Rodriguez scored in both match-ups in the regular season. Albion did win at Villa Park earlier this year and there is plenty of experience in their squad but having a semi-final which is also a local derby hasn’t done any side any favours as both games will be hard-fought.

Aston VillaASTON VILLA

Last year’s losing finalists in the Championship play-offs, Aston Villa will be hoping for better luck this time. After losing to semi-final opponents West Brom in February, the Villains embarked on a 12-games unbeaten run – which included 10 wins – until beaten by champions Norwich on the final day when resting key players. England international Tammy Abraham will stay at the club for the duration of the play-off campaign and Jack Grealish is finally beginning to live up to his reputation. John McGinn and Tyrone Mings have also been key players for Villa, who have been transformed under Dean Smith. They are not the same side that took only a point off Albion in the regular season and possibly marginal favourites to reach Wembley based on recent form. The general 2/1 for Aston Villa to gain promotion to the Premier League certainly makes plenty of appeal.

DerbyDERBY COUNTY

Frank Lampard’s first season as a full-time manager has had its up and downs but his Derby County side kept their nerve and their place in the play-offs on the final day of the regular season and, in theory, all teams start from scratch again. On paper and evidenced over 46 matches, the Rams’ squad does not as strong as their rivals. The likes of Richard Keogh, Bradley Johnson and Martyn Waghorn seem to have been around for ever and both may be injury doubts for their semi-final against Leeds. Ashley Cole and Craig Bryson are also struggling so they will need youngsters Mason Bennett and Harry Wilson to step up to the plate. Derby did win the Championship Play-Off Final in 2007 but lost at Wembley against QPR in 2014 – they are deserved outsiders to win this year at a general 9/2.

Aston Villa to win Championship Play-Offs
2/1

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