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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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Wales v N Ireland

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  • Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their last four games
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Northern Ireland got the very best outcome they could have hoped for in Group C but their Euro 2016 adventure is set to end at the hands of a Wales side spearheaded by Gareth Bale. Wales will be high on confidence after their impressive 3-0 success over Russia and have a genuine outside chance of reaching the final.