Given the riches on offer in the Premier League, the Championship play-off final can be considered the most lucrative football match in the world in terms of ‘prize money’ and this year it will be Derby County and QPR vying for a place at the top table.
The in-form Rams have been backed in to 7/5 at Betfred to confirm promotion to the Premier League in normal time while Rangers are 12/5 (888Sport) and it’s 9/4 via betway to be all square after 90 minutes.
In light of how much is at stake, the latter is set to prove popular but Steve McClaren’s troops have momentum on their side and can chalk up a narrow success at Wembley.
They’re 31/10 courtesy of Ladbrokes to nick it by a one-goal margin, BetVictor go 9/1 about a 2-1 County win, also quoting 8/11 about them going up by any means and they’re 5/1 with Stan James to seal victory despite an even first half.
Meanwhile, with six goals in his last seven games, including both legs of the play-off semi-final against Brighton, Rams attacker Chris Martin is in tremendous form and catches the eye at 5/1 (bet365) to break the deadlock. He’s also a tasty 2/1 with bwin to notch at any stage.