Grecian Glory & Smiles for Stam: EFL Play-off Final Weekend

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Grecian Glory & Smiles for Stam: EFL Play-off Final Weekend

James Capps

Here we are, then. It’s play-off final weekend, and the WantMyBet lads have let me out of my cage for a couple of days before they pack me away for the summer. Cheers boys.

In League Two we could well be looking at a classic when Blackpool face off against Exeter. If odds of 17/10 for the Tangerines and 31/20 for the Grecians tell you anything, it’s that the bookies clearly haven’t got a scoobie as to who will come out on top. One thing you can probably count on is goals. And lots of them. A whopping 22 goals were scored in the four League Two play-off semi final legs, making 5/6 for over 2.5 in this one an absolute steal. 

In what could be his final game before leaving, I'm backing Ollie Watkins to shine for Exeter. (Source: Daily Star)
In what could be his final game before leaving, I’m backing Ollie Watkins to shine for Exeter. (Source: Daily Star)

The match looks like being the last for Exeter forward Ollie Watkins in red and white, with the highly-rated youngster being heavily linked with a move to the Championship. The 21-year-old’s brace brought his side to Wembley, and I can see him bidding farewell with one final goal that could take his side to glory. Back the lad to bag anytime at 7/4 with Ladbrokes.

If you’re looking for a side to back in this one, I think Exeter are the way to go. They have genuine match winners in the final third in the form of Watkins and David Wheeler, so back them to win with both teams scoring at massive 18/5. 

If the League Two final promises to be something of a goal glut, the Championship finale could well be the polar opposite. Huddersfield are the second-lowest goal scorers in the top half, while Reading only had one player score double figures this campaign.

Both sides have sprung surprises this season. Huddersfield were many people’s tips for relegation, but David Wagner’s energetic brand of football has put Huddersfield on the map and on the verge of top flight football for the first time since the 1970s. Reading, meanwhile, have been the steady Eddies of the division, quietly chipping away and leading to the widespread cries of “How the f*** are Reading in the play-offs?!”.

Some serious third degree gurns, but I'm fancying a hotshot performance from Yann Kermorgant on Monday. (Source: Reading Chronicle)
Some serious third degree gurns, but I’m fancying a hotshot performance from Yann Kermorgant on Monday. (Source: Reading Chronicle)

This one will be cagey, so if you’re backing a double result, make sure you’re backing a draw at half-time. Smart money has to be on Reading in a one-off game: Barring a couple of anomalies they’re tighter at the back and are more potent in front of goal. The Draw-Reading double result pays out at a lovely 6/1, and will provide me with an intriguing side bet to keep me occupied on Monday.

The two games between Reading and Huddersfield produced 1-0 wins for each side, and a tight affair with under 1.5 goals looks a good shout at 17/10. All of my tips are pointing towards a 1-0 Reading win, and I can’t look past a Yann Kemorgant winner to seal the Royals’ return to the top flight. Back the Frenchman to bag first at a tasty 13/2 with BoyleSports.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: A draw at half-time and a Reading win at full-time at 6/1 with Ladbrokes and BoyleSports. Back it here!

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