Bookies.com look at their top five best bets for the Championship play-off semi-final second legs; Middlesbrough v Brentford and Norwich v Ipswich.
Bookies.com football experts have picked our their five top tips for the Championship play-off semi-final second legs. Middlesbrough meet Brentford first before Norwich City host cross-county rivals Ipswich Town. Please note all listed match bets below are in 90 minutes.
Middlesbrough win to nil @ 5/2 with Sky Bet
Were it not for a goalkeeping gaffe from Greek veteran Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, Boro would have beaten Brentford without the Bees scoring for the third time in as many matches this term. Now given home advantage taking the Londoners back to Teesside, Aitor Karanaka’s club are outstanding value at this top price with Sky Bet because they had the best Championship defence during the regular season.
Grant Leadbitter scores anytime @ 10/3 with bet365
Middlesbrough captain Leadbitter has netted both home and away against Brentford. As his team’s penalty-taker, the skipper has been deadly from such situations. With tricky forwards Patrick Bamford and Jelle Vossen leading their line, Boro have players that can cause a real threat and draw fouls. Leadbitter’s dead-ball brilliance – he takes free-kicks too – could thus pay dividends.
Norwich 2-0 Ipswich @ 13/2 with BetVictor, Coral, Labdrokes or William Hill
A fourth East Anglia derby of the season beckons for bitter rivals Norwich and Ipswich. Enjoying second leg home advantage, Alex Neil’s Canaries have already beaten the Tractor Boys by this scoreline at Carrow Road this term. A 2-0 victory for the hosts has been the result in two of the last three meetings in Norfolk, making this a worthy punt.
Bradley Johnson scores first @ 10/1 with bet365
Norwich’s Player of the Year has struck 15 times from a box-to-box midfield and nominal left-wing roles this term. Johnson is thus outstanding value at the above best price with bet365 to strike the first blow. He did just that in the regular season Carrow Road clash, and is willing to try from all ranges.
Name the play-off finalists: Norwich and Middlesbrough @ 8/13 Sky Bet
On paper, the Canaries and Boro are clearly the better sides, with their respective free-scoring approaching and top-notch defence. Ipswich’s shoestring squad and the Bees’ less than convincing back four mean their claims of reaching Wembley are shaky at best.