Strangely, the Champions League final isn’t the most valuable football match, from a financial perspective anyway, taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend; that honour goes to the Championship play-off final between Crystal Palace and Watford.
The victor gains promotion, tapping into the Premier League’s riches, with the contest said to be worth more than a hundred million pounds to the winner and it’s the Hornets that bookies think will be celebrating, Stan James pricing them at 7/5 to prevail in 90 minutes.
Betfred quote Crystal Palace at 12/5 and it’s an identical 12/5 at Totesport for the showdown to require extra-time but the Eagles could be set to upset those odds at Wembley, where they’re a 7/5 chance in BetVictor’s ‘draw-no-bet’ market.
It might be that Gianfranco Zola’s charges have used up all of their good luck in light of the incredible manner in which they reached the final and as Ian Holloway’s men showed impressive resilience to keep Brighton’s attack at bay over two legs, they get the nod.
Bet365 make Palace 9/2 to win ‘to nil’, a price that looks huge on the back of their clean sheets in the semi-final and also standing out are both Stan James’s 9/1 posted against the Eagles nicking it 1-0 as well as bet365′s well backed 7/1 for second leg hero Wilfried Zaha to sign off in style before he joins Manchester United by opening the scoring.