Final EFL Weekend: More Climaxes Than Your Favourite Porno

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Final EFL Weekend: More Climaxes Than Your Favourite Porno

James Capps

There’s still plenty to play for in the Championship, with top spot and the relegation places still not decided as we head into the final round of games on Sunday lunchtime.

Brighton know that only a win at Aston Villa will do if they are to secure the Championship crown, and are a great price at 6/5 to get the job done. If you don’t fancy that, I suggest throwing a tenner on them to add one final clean sheet to their impressive tally of 20 for the season. The price for a Brighton shutout is 9/5 with BoyleSports – all the more appetising when you realise Villa top scorer Jonathan Kodjia is out through injury.

Two of the play-off contenders face off in what could be a dress rehearsal for a potential Wembley showdown, as Sheffield Wednesday host Fulham. This game has goals written all over it. Not literally, but not far off. Fulham have scored in 16 (yes, SIX-FUCKING-TEEN) consecutive league games, while the Owls have won six matches in a row. Over 3.5 goals is well worth a go in this one, and you can get it at 7/4 with Ladbrokes, but the winner in this one will be tough to call as I see both sides making plenty of changes to keep players fresh.

Fulham are my tips for the Championship play-offs...(Source: GetWestLondon)
Fulham are my tips for the Championship play-offs…(Source: GetWestLondon)

Just one goal is the difference between Blackburn and Nottingham Forest, who sit on the same points in the battle to avoid the final relegation spot…

For Blackburn, it’s a very tough trip to face a free-flowing Brentford side that have lost just once in their last eight. Blackburn need a clean sheet if they’re going to have a sniff of survival, but I just can’t see it against the Bees, who have plenty of players with a goal or two in them. I fancy Blackburn to give themselves hope with a goal, but Brentford to run out winners with both teams scoring at 29/10 looks the smart bet here.

If Forest could handpick their fixture for the last game of the season, a home game with Ipswich would be high up on their wish list. The Tractor Boys’ season has been nothing to write home about if I’m being kind, and total shite if I’m not. Back-to-back 1-0 defeats means they can’t wait for their season to be over, so the last thing they’ll want is a match against a side with everything to play for. Forest to be winning at half-time and full-time at 6/4 looks a cracker to me.

The League Two season comes to a close on Saturday evening, and we have a three-way battle for the title as Plymouth, Doncaster and Portsmouth all battle for top spot on the final day…

Plymouth are in the driving seat at the top, sitting a point clear of Doncaster. The Pilgrims travel to mid-table Grimsby, and look a great price at 19/20 to seal the title with three points at Blundell Park. Grimsby have nothing to play for, while it’s the polar opposite for their opponents. This should be easy money.

Plymouth will; be hoping to celebrate one more time on Saturday evening... (Source: BBC Sport)
Plymouth will be hoping to celebrate one more time on Saturday evening… (Source: BBC Sport)

A Plymouth victory would be bad news for Doncaster, but they will be hoping to do all they can by winning at relegation-threatened Hartlepool. It’s last chance saloon for the Pools, who need to better Newport’s result at home to Notts County if they’re going to survive. The stats don’t look good, though – just one win and one clean sheet in ten means that the odds are against them. The home side will put up a fight, but I fancy Darren Ferguson’s classy Rovers side to take the three points, with both teams scoring. You can get that little nugget at 5/2 with Ladbrokes and BoyleSports.

My inevitably correct (see if you can spot the sarcasm) prediction means that Newport should be safe, but they won’t know that when they take on Notts County at Rodney Parade. The Exiles’ recent form has been nothing short of remarkable. Four 1-0 wins in six games have taken them off the bottom of the EFL and within touching distance of safety. You’ve got to fancy them to win one more time against a Notts side that secured safety a few weeks ago. No prizes for guessing my score prediction here. Back the 1-0 at a lovely 13/2.

I’ve got to take a final look at the League Two play-offs, as the hottest top-seven race in years reaches the final furlong. Stevenage are one of the horses hoping to jump into the play-off positions, and I’ll end the equine puns once they canter to victory over Accrington, who were pulled up a couple of weeks ago when they fell off the play-off pace. Get on the home win here at a decent 4/5 with the chaps at Ladbrokes. 

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: A Brighton clean sheet at 9/5 against Aston Villa.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Derby, Brighton, Mansfield and Stevenage returns £130 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!

Check out what my fellow tipsters are backing in the WantMyBet Blog…