League One play-off final Betting Preview: Sheffield United must be wary of Rhodes against Huddersfield Town

The two Yorkshire clubs are almost impossible to separate, but Al Hain-Cole fancies the Terriers' Scottish international to provide the spark to propel his side to promotion
After an arduous 48-game League One season, it has all come down to this: Sheffield United face Huddersfield Town at Wembley with a place in next season's Championship up for grabs.

Despite the nine-point gap that separated the two sides in the third tier of English football, there is nothing to choose between them going into the play-off final.

This is evident from the odds, with 188Bet pricing a Huddersfield win at 31/20 (2.55) and a Sheffield United victory at a similar 3/2 (2.50).

A draw could well be the best bet, and you can get 11/5 (3.20) on that coming to pass.

The two sides gained a win apiece in their league encounters, with United avenging September's 3-0 home defeat by triumphing 1-0 at Galpharm Stadium in February.

Sheffield United are in decent form having lost just once in their last 14 games, but they have won just one out of the last six.

Huddersfield, on the other hand, came back strongly from a three-game losing streak in April to win three of the next five.

However, Town come off the back of a home defeat to MK Dons in the second-leg of their play-off semi-final.

The Blades have recent history of play-off heartbreak, having missed out on an ascent to the Premier League with defeat to Burnley just three years ago.

Huddersfield's last taste of the play-offs was rather sweeter, beating Mansfield to gain promotion to League One in 2004, and this could give Simon Grayson's men a slight mental edge over their Yorkshire rivals.

Another advantage Huddersfield may have is up front, with the prolific Jordan Rhodes' goal-scoring exploits reminding United of what they are missing since losing top scorer Ched Evans.

Rhodes tends to thrive on the big occasion, and scored the first goal in both of the semi-final legs against MK Dons to continue his side's run of opening the scoring in five consecutive games.

The Terriers are Evens (2.0) to get the first goal of the final, which looks even better considering Danny Wilson's side have opened the scoring just once in the last five matches.

Huddersfield to score first at Evens (2.0) with 188Bet
Draw at 11/5 (3.20) with 188Bet

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Alasdair Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Alasdair you can follow him on Twitter here.

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