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Championship Play-Offs 2017 predictions and betting tips: When is the Championship Play-Off Final?

Jon Wilde 18 May 2017
  • The Championship Play-Off Final 2017 will take place on May 29 at Wembley Stadium
  • Get the latest predictions, preview and betting tips for Huddersfield vs Reading here

Championship play-offs background

The Championship play-offs determine which club goes up to the Premier League at the end of the season along with Newcastle and Brighton, the two teams who secured automatic promotion.

The clubs that finished between third and sixth positions in the table met in the semi-finals on a home-and-away basis. Reading went through 2-1 on aggregate against Fulham, while Huddersfield Town needed a penalty shootout to get the better of Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday after both legs were drawn (away goals do not count extra).

The two winners now go on to the final, which is frequently described as the most financially lucrative one-off match in football with £100million per season in TV revenue and prize money now available to each Premier League club.

When and where is the Championship play-off final 2017?

Tthe final will take place at Wembley Stadium on May 29, a Bank Holiday Monday, kicking off at 15:00 BST.

The regular Championship season finished on Sunday May 7 and the last of the play-off semi-final matches was on May 17, which gives the teams a lengthy break before the Wembley showdown and means they cannot yet start to think about their summer holidays with such an important contest to be played first.

Wembley Stadium, venue for the Championship play-off final (Getty Images)

Who will play in the Championship play-off final?

It is difficult to argue against Huddersfield and Reading being deserved finalists because they have both been in the top six of the Championship table for the majority of the season.

Although Huddersfield ultimately finished only fifth, they were in third position for a long time and still held an outside chance of automatic promotion until losing their last two games of the regular campaign.

The Terriers were eventually overtaken by Reading, who confirmed themselves as the third best team in the division over the course of the 46 matches and they go into the final having won seven of their last 10 games.

Past winners and finals

Crystal Palace are the most successful team in Championship play-offs history with four victories between 1989 and 2013, while the Eagles were also runners-up on another occasion.

Six other clubs have also tasted Wembley glory twice in the Championship play-off final although one of them, Swindon Town, were denied promotion the first time due to financial irregularities.

Championship Play-Off Final Winners

2016Hull City1-0Sheffield Wednesday
2015Norwich City2-0Middlesbrough
2014QPR1-0Derby County
2013Crystal Palace1-0 (after extra time)Watford
2012West Ham United2-1Blackpool
2011Swansea City4-2Reading
2010Blackpool3-2Cardiff City
2009Burnley1-0Sheffield United
2008Hull City1-0Bristol City
2007Derby County1-0West Bromwich Albion

Outright Championship play-off final odds

To be promoted:

5/6 Huddersfield Town (BetVictor)
5/4 Reading (188BET)

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