Aston Villa v Fulham to win (5pm) – Saturday 26 May – Championship
Rotherham v Shrewsbury to win (3pm) – Sunday 27 May – League One
Coventry to win v Exeter (3pm) – Monday 28 May – League Two
This EFL Play-Offs Acca is a huge price for just three teams to win. They have worked hard all season and now it all rests on this game.
We are backing Fulham to make a triumphant return to the top tier after four seasons in the wilderness that is the Championship. This won’t be easy though. They’re coming up against an Aston Villa side packed with experience and quality. Villa have Terry, Snodgrass and Grabban who have all been involved in Premier League setups. However, Fulham are a bit tasty. They played some expansive football in the semi-finals and deserved their spot at Wembley.
Only five points separated these two in the final league standings, with Fulham netting seven more goals but conceding four more than Villa. Their last meeting was quite a one-sided affair that Fulham dominated, winning 2-0. They had 63% possession and 14 goal attempts.
Add to that, Fulham are in superb form and their second half to the season was excellent. If you take the final game of the season out of the equation when Fulham had nothing to play for, they won 13 and drew 4 of their last 17 games. They will be marginal favourites to win this one and we’re confident they can do it.
Big odds for the Shrews
Shrewsbury are better than 2/1 to win this final and we’re struggling to understand why. They finished eight points above Rotherham, had a more convincing win though the semi-finals and are in good form. When these two met earlier in the season it was honours shared with Rotherham winning one and Shrewsbury winning the other. The only thing working against Shrewsbury is experience. Rotherham were in the Championship last season and they know what it takes to get back up. Shrewsbury have come up from League Two a couple of years ago and are in uncharted waters with this one. With nothing to lose and a great season under their belt, we’re backing the outsider here.
The League Two play-offs will be contested between Coventry, who came down from League One last season, and Exeter, who were here this time last year, losing 2-1 to Blackpool. Both sides smashed their way past their semi-final opponents, Coventry winning 5-1 and Exeter 3-1 (on aggregate). They are both in decent form and only five points separated them in the table.
This is a tough one to call but we’re going for the experience of Coventry. They have the setup and infrastructure to go back up to League One. In Marc McNulty they have the league’s joint top scorer who netted two in the semi-finals. They also have the third tightest defence in the division, conceding just one more goal than the top two sides Accrington and Luton. Come on Cov!
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