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Championship Play-Off Betting: Bookmakers make Leeds favourites to reach the Premier League

16:42 SAST 2019/05/06
Jack Clarke Leeds United
After finishing the regular season in third place Marcelo Bielsa's men face Derby County while Aston Villa square off with local rivals West Brom

The Championship play-offs have provided punters with two mouth-watering clashes.

Leeds United dropped out of the automatic promotion places in the final weeks of the regular season - a bitter blow for a team that topped the division at the turn of the year.

Despite three defeats in their last four games, Marcelo Bielsa's side are 1/2 (1.50) with bet365 to beat Derby County in their two-legged semi-final clash. The same firm go 15/8 (2.88) that they join Norwich and Sheffield United in the Premier League with a victory at Wembley later this month.

Derby only sealed their play-off place on the final day of the season and bet365 make the Rams 6/4 (2.50) to get the better of Leeds and 9/2 (5.50) for a return to the top-flight.

Frank Lampard's men lost both meetings with the Whites this term but are unbeaten in six games coming into the post-season.

The pair were in the headlines earlier in the campaign too. The Yorkshire club were fined £200,000 by the EFL after "Spygate" in which a club representative was spotted at Derby's training ground observing their preparations for the upcoming clash at Elland Road.

The other play-off clash should also be a highly-charged encounter as Aston Villa square off with rivals West Brom.

James Shan remains in temporary charge at the Hawthorns after Darren Moore was sacked in March and his side are 10/3 (4.33) to be promoted back to the Premier League.

The West Midlands duo finished four points apart in the table although the Baggies are marginal outsiders at 19/20 (1.95) to qualify for the final despite their higher standing across the season.

That's likely to be because Villa won 10 of their 11 league games before resting several key players in their 2-1 defeat against champions Norwich on the final day.

Dean Smith's men are 4/5 (1.80) shots to seal a place at Wembley and 11/4 (3.75) for promotion with bet365.

The semi-finals get underway on Saturday 11 May with the winners of each tie meeting at Wembley on 27 May.

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