Fourth meets fifth in the Championship playoffs at Selhurst Park on Friday, with a place at Wembley up for grabs, and Hugh Wilson is backing goals and has a 9/5 value betThree points separated these two sides after 46 league games, but now it’s down to two matches to decide who will go to Wembley to fight for the elusive prize of promotion to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace's late show against Peterborough confirmed their top six position, with Brighton & Hove Albion already confirmed to finish in the playoffs before the last game of the season thanks to an impressive run of form.
Palace come into this game in dire form though, with just one win from their last 10 matches.
Ian Holloway’s side almost threw it all away too, but they snatched victory over Peterborough in the last game of the season to finish in fifth place in the league.
Holloway, of course, has plenty of experience in the playoffs, taking his Blackpool side to the Premier League via this route in 2010. As such, the home side are narrow favourites at 11/8 (2.36) with William Hill to take an advantage from the first leg.
Brighton come into this match in contrasting form to their opposition. Gus Poyet’s men are unbeaten in their last nine matches, winning their last three games.
The Seagulls ended the campaign in fourth position, four points behind Hull City in the final automatic spot, and Poyet’s men are slight underdogs for this clash at 19/10 (2.90) with William Hill. The same firm prices the draw at 21/10 (3.10).
A bet that stands out in this match is both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill.
This bet would have paid out in seven of Palace’s last nine games, and with Brighton failing to score just once in their last six matches, this is certainly worth backing, with both sides looking to attack and gain an advantage from this first leg.
Brighton have not struggled for goals recently, hitting the back of the net 10 times in their last three matches. For those looking for value, Brighton to score over 1.5 goals is a fantastic 9/5 (2.80) with William Hill.
Crystal Palace have conceded two or more goals at home in five of their last six matches, so this price is certainly worth investing in.
|Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill
||Brighton to score over 1.5 goals at 9/5 (2.80) with William Hill
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