The play-offs are one of the most exciting stages of the season for the clubs involved in them, just three matches separate them from promotion. This year’s League One play-offs will be competed by Yeovil, Brentford, Swindon and Sheffield United, with the first match between Sheffield United and Yeovil on Friday night.
All four of the sides will feel they have enough to go up and with it looking so close there are great prices with William Hill to be had as well look through all four sides:
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Sheffield United: After losing in the Play-Off final to Huddersfield last year, Sheffield United will be hoping its second time lucky. Things don’t look good for United though, as they head in to the Play-Offs in really poor form. United have won just one of their last eight matches and haven’t managed a goal in their last three. It is very often the team in the best form uses their momentum to be successful in the play-offs and United have little of that. United also have the disadvantage in the Semi-Finals of being at home first. At Bramall Lane this season they have drawn far too many with 11 home draws, more than any other team in the division. Up against an in form Yeovil, United would have to win the home leg but have struggled to do so of late. Things don’t look good for United to qualify for the final but the unpredictable nature of the play-offs, you never know.
Odds: Sheffield United to be promoted: 5/2
Sheffield United to qualify for the final: 8/13
Yeovil Town: Yeovil are probably the surprise candidates in this season’s play-offs and could go all the way. Yeovil are the opponents for Sheffield United and could be a dark horse for promotion. Town are in the best form of any of the four sides, currently sitting second in the form table. Yeovil have the advantage of travelling away first and with United drawing so many home games this season, Yeovil would probably take a draw back to Huish Park. Yeovil are some how outsiders to get promoted and with just three defeats in their last twelve matches you have to fancy them at the big prices. If Yeovil can get back to Huish Park with a draw they should make it to Wembley. At home they have won 9 of their last 13 matches and lost just one. If they can get League One top scorer Paddy Madden firing they could have far too much firepower for United and if he can perform at Wembley, his goals could be crucial. With their form and dishevelled opponents, Yeovil are a great bet to get promoted, being in the best form will be a huge boost and I fancy Yeovil to be a Championship side next season.
To be Promoted: 100/30
To qualify for the final: 6/5
Swindon Town: The other semi-final is between Swindon and Brentford, with Swindon at home first. Swindon’s season has taken a dip ever since Paolo Di Canio left in a huff but they could put all that behind them with promotion. Things don’t look good for them though. Swindon have won just two of their last eight and face a Brentford side still smarting from missing out on automatic promotion. Swindon being at home first may be a good thing for them, Swindon’s two recent wins have both come at The County Ground and they’d need to take something to Brentford to have any chance of making Wembley. Swindon have lost five of their last six away from home including to Brentford recently. It may also be worth noting Swindon have lost both games against Brentford this season and that could have a huge factor and damage morale in the Swindon camp. Up against a strong Brentford side, I just don’t think Swindon will have enough to make the final, their form is poor and with little ability to pick up results away they should be out in the semi’s.
To be promoted: 11/4
To qualify for the final: 4/5
Brentford: Finally there is Brentford, missing out on automatic promotion on the last day will have hurt them. They will look to bounce back in the Play-Offs though and get promotion. Going away first Brentford will have to defend well against Swindon then take them back to Griffin Park to beat them. Brentford are in steady enough form, drawing three, losing one and winning two of their last six matches. Key to Brentford getting through will be the home leg, no team has won more matches at home than Brentford this season. If they can go to The County Ground and get a draw they should make Wembley. This is a very good side, with a good manager in Uwe Rosler and they should make the Wembley Final. With Rosler in charge, his experience of big matches could mean they have the edge of anyone they could meet there and could end up promoted.
To be promoted: 9/4
To qualify for the final: 10/11
League One Play-off Tips
Brentford and Yeovil to qualify for the final: 3.2/1 with William Hill
Yeovil to be promoted: 100/30 with William Hill
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