Wembley is the final destination for six sides as they bid to ensure promotion and it is sure to be a dramatic occasion for fans and players alike.
The richest game in the sport – the Championship final between Fulham and Aston Villa – kicks off a bank holiday weekend like no other in football.
Here we look over the football betting odds across all three games and come up with the top tips for the big matches.
Fulham v Aston Villa
Games do not get any bigger than this and it’s a case of third v fourth, who do battle at Wembley for a place back in the Premier League.
The Whites secured a memorable 2-0 home win over Derby County to turn around a 1-0 first leg deficit and will fancy their chances, having been pipped to an automatic spot by Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are 8/13 to win promotion.
Villa, who are 6/5 to bounce back to the top flight, had an equally close semi-final encounter as they edged past Middlesbrough 1-0 thanks to Mile Jedinak’s first leg header at the Riverside Stadium.
In the regular season it’s even-stevens with a win apiece between the two sides and this is likely to be another cagey affair, as most play-off finals are.
I feel Fulham will just have the edge over Steve Bruce’s side though, and a Whites win to nil looks a good bet at 5/2.
Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
Sunday’s League One final sees Paul Hurst’s Shrews come up against Paul Warne’s Millers and it is sure to be a tight and tense affair.
Both teams deserve this, having finished the season in third and fourth respectively, while Rotherham have previous success at Wembley, having beaten Leyton Orient on penalties back in 2013 to move up to the Championship.
The Millers are 4/6 to return to the second tier of English football, while the national stadium doesn’t hold many happy memories for Shrewsbury, having lost their previous three finals.
They are 11/10 to move into the second tier of English football, and everyone has to break a hoodoo at some point, so I fancy the Shrews to pick up a 1-0 win in normal time at 17/2.
Exeter City v Coventry City
Coventry had Wembley success last season when defeating Oxford United 2-1 in the EFL Trophy, despite relegation from League One.
Marc McNulty has been their go-to man for goals this season and he’s a good bet of 5/4 to score anytime at Wembley, while Mark Robins’ side are 8/11 to win promotion.
After a goalless semi-final first leg with Lincoln, Exeter turned the screw and ensured their day at Wembley. The Grecians are evens to get promoted.
There is no doubt Coventry will have more fans at Wembley once again and I believe the Sky Blues can send them home happy once again, earning promotion with a win to nil at 3/1.
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