Football League Play-Off Betting Tips

Football LeagueMark Rawlinson

The League One and Two play-off semi-finals are completed over the next few days and by the close of play on Saturday, we’ll know the identities of all six teams playing in the finals at Wembley next weekend.

On Thursday night Rotherham United face Preston North End in League One before Fleetwood Town host York City on Friday and Southend United play Burton Albion on Saturday, both League Two.

Rotherham United v Preston North End Betting Tips

This match is locked at 1-1 after an entertaining first leg at Deepdale last weekend. Alex Revell had given Rotherham the lead but a spectacular effort from Joe Garner just after the break leaves this tie in the balance, with a final place against Leyton Orient waiting for the winner next Sunday.

Rotherham finished fourth in the league, just a point above Preston who were fifth but they have a number of injury concerns heading into this one. Full back Richard Brindley and midfielder Lee Frecklington both limped off in the first leg and are doubts for Steve Evans whilst striker Kieran Agard missed the first leg and is 50-50 for Thursday’s match.

Australian midfielder Neil Kilkenney is Simon Grayson’s only concern for the vicitors, after missing the first leg with a calf strain.
All three meeting between the two sides this season have ended in draws and Thursday’s game is expected to be just as close.

The Millers are 13/10 favourites with Coral to win the tie within 90 minutes, whilst William Hill offering 12/5 on a Preston win.

BET OF THE DAY: On a draw after 90 minutes at 13/5 with Bet 365.

Catch the action live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.

Fleetwood Town v York City Betting Tips

After the first leg was originally postponed on Saturday night due to a waterlogged, the re-arranged match was played on Monday and a 50th minute Matty Blair goal against his old club gives Fleetwood the advantage ahead of the second leg at the Highbury Stadium.

Fleetwood are on the hunt for their sixth promotion in ten seasons, and go into the match with just one defeat in their last nine games.

Nigel Worthington’s York are searching for their second promotion in three years after winning the Conference play-off final against Luton in 2012, but they will have to put in an excellent performance to make it to Wembley again.

Bet Victor offer the best odds on a Fleetwood win within 90 minutes at 11/10 whilst York are best-priced at 16/5 with William Hill.

Catch this one live from 7:45pm on Friday evening on Sky Sports 1.

Southend United v Burton Albion Betting Tips

Burton Albion come into the second leg of this League Two play-off clash with a slim 1-0 advantage thanks to Adam McGurk’s goal on the brink of half time in last weekend’s first leg.

That was Gary Rowett’s side’s first win in three matches but if they avoid defeat in Saturday’s second leg they’ll be guaranteed a spot in next Monday’s play-off final against Fleetwood Town.

The visitors are without the suspended Ian Sharps who was red carded in the first leg whilst Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Zeli Ismail and goalscorer McGurk are all doubts for the Staffordshire side.

Phil Brown’s Southend are favourites for the second leg but trio Michael Timlin, John White and Luke Prosser are all doubts for the second leg.

The Essex side are best priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power to win the second leg, with Bet 365 offering odds of 16/5 on Burton.

In terms of qualifying for the final, the first leg advantage means Burton are 4/7 favourites with Bet Victor, whilst Ladbrokes make Southend available at 13/8 to make Wembley.

Catch the match live from 12pm on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday,

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