Sheffield United are 4/5 to join Wednesday in the Championship after their narrow but thoroughly deserved win over Stevenage on Monday.
We will have more on the big game next week but I saw little from Huddersfield on Tuesday night when they limped into the Wembley Final to suggest Danny Wilson will be having too many sleepless nights in the build up to the game on Saturday week.
West Ham go into Saturday’s Wembley Championship play-off final as red-hot favourites and, having put eight goals past Blackpool in the Championship already this season. It is hard to see past the Hammers in a game that is often described as the richest in football given the winners will return to the Holy Grail that is the Premier League.
BetVictor are asking punters how do you think Championship promotion will be decided and bet:
West Ham to win in 90 minutes 11/10
Blackpool to win in 90 mins 13/5
West Ham to win in extra time 9/1
Blackpool to win in extra time 18/1
West Ham to win on pens 11/1
Blackpool to win on pens 11/1
If you just want to back the Irons to be promoted in whatever manner we bet 4/7 and 5/4 Blackpool; one defeat in their last 18 matches wasn’t enough for the Hammers to gain automatic promotion and how Sam Allardyce must rue those successive home draws with Watford, Doncaster and Boro back in March.
Still Wembley will be more like a home game for the Hammers on Saturday and, while Blackpool are a cracking side who play the game as it should be, I don’t think they will be able to cope with West Ham’s strikers who have been in cracking form.
Ricardo Vaz Te has been a revelation since joining from Barnsley winning both the Championship Player of the Month for April and the Signing of the Season awards. A goal at Wembley would be the icing on the cake and the Portugese striker is 6/1 at betvictor.com to land the opener, the same price as top scorer Carlton Cole.
Skipper Kevin Nolan has a history of rising to the occasion on the big day and is 8/1 to score first and 9/4 to score at any time; Blackpool beat Cardiff 3-2 in the 2010 play-off Final and they are 28/1 to win by a similar scoreline. Blackpool were 3-2 up at half time two years ago and they are 100/1 to go in after 45 minutes ahead by the best goal in five.
Doncaster stage another of their popular evening cards on Saturday and do look out for Nawwaar (7.45) although he is unlikely to be making the journey up from Sussex if the ground is any worse than good.