FOOTBALL BETTING: Live on Skysports1: 15.00: C’ship Playoff Final: Cardiff can represent Wales in the Premier League and Blackpool crave to replicate the halcyon days of the 50′s, but only 1 can succeed.
It’s being billed as the £100 million game, due to the riches on offer to teams in the Premiership and in monetary terms, the play-off final is certainly the most valuable football match on the planet. For participants Blackpool and Cardiff, financial implications aside, Saturday’s showdown is one of the biggest games in either club’s history and bookies expect the Bluebirds to be the team celebrating; Betdaq pricing Dave Jones’ men at 7/5 to prevail in normal time.
With so much at stake a nervy encounter is likely and as is often the case in such huge matches; punters are expected to pile into the draw, available here at 12/5 courtesy of 888Sport, as well as Stan James’ 14/1 for it to end two-apiece and head into extra-time.
However, after they dismantled Nottingham Forest so effectively at the City Ground, buoyant Blackpool can continue their dream season and plot a path to the big time. They’re 9/4 with Betfred to come out on top after 90 minutes and in what should be a tight affair, bet365 rate them at 4/1 to sneak it by a one-goal margin.
Three of the four Championship play-off matches have been relatively high-scoring and this one is set to follow suit. Backing Ian Holloway’s side at 4/1 with Partybets to win a contest that contains three or more goals could therefore reap rewards and more specifically, the ambitious can plump for Totesport’s 9/1 chalked against a 2-1 Blackpool success.
Staying with goals, Paddy Power quote even money for the pair to share more than 2.5 between them and the two sides are 13/20 with Jaxx.com to both find the net. Semi-final hat trick hero DJ Campbell is 15/2 with Victor Chandler to break the deadlock for Blackpool and he’ll be well backed but talismanic Seasiders skipper Charlie Adam is the man that can make the difference; he’s 8/1 (Ladbrokes) to notch first and 11/4 with William Hill to strike at any point.
For those sensing that this one could go all the way meanwhile; Totesport chalk both teams up at 9/1 to hold their nerve from twelve yards and gain promotion via the drama of a penalty shootout.