Crystal Palace-Watford Betting Preview: Expect plenty of goals in an entertaining play-off final

The Championship's two best attacking teams meet at Wembley seeking a place in next season's Premier League and our tipster is looking forward to plenty of goalmouth action
Just two days after playing host to a memorable Champions League final, Wembley is the setting for Monday's Championship play-off final between Crystal Palace and Watford.

While Bayern Munich's victory over Borussia Dortmund may have been the more glamorous encounter, today's game is widely claimed to be the most lucrative in club football, with promotion to the Premier League worth an estimated €140 million.

Having collected four points from today's opponents in the league, Gianfranco Zola's men are the favourites to earn the hefty windfall, with bet365 offering odds of 11/8 (2.38) on them coming out on top.

However, The Eagles are unbeaten in six and on a high after defeating bitter rivals Brighton in the semi-final and may fancy their chances of causing an upset at 9/4 (3.25).

The most recent encounter between the sides ended in a 2-2 draw back in February, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on this one remaining all square after 90 minutes.

Fittingly, this showpiece match is perfectly set up to provide an entertaining spectacle, as it brings together the Championship's two top scorers.

This teams hit a combined 158 goals during the regular season, with nine of those coming in their two league meetings.

A bet on over 2.5 goals would have paid out in each of the last three between these sides, and looks likely to be rewarded once again this afternoon, at handy 19/20 (1.95) odds.

Palace fans may take heart from Ian Holloway's play-off know-how, the boss having taken Blackpool up via that route three seasons ago before narrowly losing in the final last year.

As if that wasn't enough, they can also count on the experience of Stephen Dobbie, who has featured in each of the last three finals, winning twice with two different teams.

The Scottish forward has four play-off goals to his name, and offers excellent value to add to that tally here, at odds of 13/5 (3.60)

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Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) with bet365
Stephen Dobbie to score in 90 minutes at 13/5 (3.60) with bet365

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Al 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 Al you can follow him on Twitter here.