Betting On The EFL Play Offs
May 20, 2019
The Play-Off Finals to determine the final promotion issues in the English Football Leagues take place this weekend at Wembley Stadium with everything at stake for all of the teams involved.
Tranmere Rovers take on Newport County in the opening game of this bank holiday football bonanza with kick off at 3pm on Saturday 25th May for this League 2 Play-Off Final. The match like all of the other Play-Off Finals will be have live television coverage on Sky Sports.
Only two points separated these sides after forty-six games in League 2 with Tranmere finishing just ahead of Newport in sixth position. The bookmaker’s odds are equally close with the draw seemingly a very likely outcome. Only Bet365 are prepared to offer odds of 9/4 on the draw after normal time and these odds may not last long.
Sunday sees a Wembley re-match for Charlton Athletic and Sunderland who famously fought out an epic Championship Play-Off Final here in 1998 with the Addicks winning promotion that season following an epic 8-7 penalty win after the game finished drawn 4-4 after extra time. Sunderland fans hoping for revenge and immediate promotion from League One know that their team will have to overcome a sudden loss of form at the end of the season at a time when Charlton displayed the best form of any team in the League. Again the bookies can’t split the teams with leading Irish bookie Boylesports one of many firms offering odds of 10/11 on either side winning promotion to the Championship.
Potentially the biggest game of the weekend will be Aston Villa against Derby County in the Championship Play-Off Final on Bank Holiday Monday. Derby overcame the odds in spectacular style when winning the second leg of their semi-final away at Leeds 4-2 but rookie Manager Frank Lampard knows his team will have to improve further to see off Villa who were mightily impressive over the two legs against local rivals West Bromwich Albion. The Villans are clear favourites to win the Championship Play-Off Final with Derby available at odds of 13/5 with Betfred to win in normal time.
A great weekend of football awaits but a very tense experience for all the fans involved knowing that these games really are Winner Takes All.