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Trends point to a tight playoff final at Wembley

IN case you had not heard quite a lot is at stake in the Championship playoff final at Wembley on Saturday.

I wish people would stop going on and on about how much money can be made from getting into the Premier League.

The fans of Hull and Sheffield Wednesday do not care one bit about it and nor should journalists.

This is all about the glory of football. Getting back to the Premier League. Being on Match of the Day. Getting beat 4-0 at Manchester City next season. That kind of thing.

I am not expecting a classic by any stretch of the imagination - the last meeting was a 0-0 draw - and a similarly low-scoring game is in store at Wembley.

Seven of the last 15 Championship playoff finals have finished 1-0 so I am going to back both teams win by that scoreline in what looks to be my shrewdest bet of the season.

I also like 1-0 in the Champions League final with outsiders Atletico Madrid beating Real Madrid at the San Siro.


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Match in Focus

19:45 Th 2Jun ITV

England v Portugal

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • England have scored at least twice in eight of their ten home matches since the World Cup
Expert verdict
The defensive concerns for England are obvious and both teams to score looks the best bet at Wembley. The Three Lions still conceded twice in the memorable victory over Germany in March and have done the same in subsequent friendlies against Holland, Turkey and Australia.