Championship Play-Offs 2017 Preview

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Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion climbed back into the Premier League via the automatic promotion places, however the big question now is who will be joining them in the top-flight next season?

Reading, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham have all succeeded in clinching for themselves a place in the play-offs, this being the minimum objective for all teams at the start of the season. Following Sunday afternoon ‘s results it will be Reading facing Fulham in one semi-final and Sheffield Wednesday fighting it out with Huddersfield Town for the other Wembley-final position.

Indeed whilst Fulham left it pretty late in the day to claim the final play-off place, the Cottagers are nevertheless favourites to successfully negotiate the play-offs and climb back into the top-flight. Slavisa Jovanovic’s men won all-but-one of their last six games and they are 15/8 to gain promotion to the Premier League, however they face tough opposition from Sheffield Wednesday who will be desperate to go one better than their Wembley play-off final heartbreak last season when they lost to Hull City.

The Owls lost to Fulham on Sunday evening in the final match of the regular season but prior to this they had gone six games without defeat and they are 5/2 to make it to the top-flight for the first time in 17 years.

Huddersfield Town have been absent from the top-flight for some 45 years but given that they have been struggling with a drop in form of late with three defeats in their last five Championship outings, we’re less than optimistic about their chances of making it through the play-offs and the bookies are going 5/1 on David Wagner’s men. Jaap Stam’s Reading are also outsiders at 5/1 to end their four-year exile from the Premier League.


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