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Championship Play-Offs 2017 predictions and betting tips: When are the Championship Play-Offs?

Jon Wilde 17 Feb 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 the big showdown 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 the two teams who secure automatic promotion.

The clubs that finish between third and sixth positions in the table meet in the semi-finals on a home-and-away basis. Third faces sixth while fourth takes on fifth, with the higher-placed team having the perceived advantage of being at home in the second leg.

The two winners then go through 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 are the Championship play-offs 2017?

The ‘where’ aspect obviously depends on which clubs finish between third and sixth positions in the table, but what we do know is that the final will take place at Wembley Stadium on May 29, a Bank Holiday Monday.

The regular Championship season finishes on Sunday May 7 when all matches kick off at 12:00 BST and the play-off qualifiers will then be given a few days to prepare for the first leg of their semi-finals, with a longer break likely, on the evidence of past years, between the second leg and the Wembley showdown itself.

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

Who will play in the Championship play-offs?

Newcastle United and Brighton will be hoping it is not them, simply because they have occupied the automatic promotion places for much of the season and will consider it a disappointment if they have to go the play-off route rather than reaching the Premier League automatically.

Several clubs have been trying to stage a late run to knock the Magpies or the Seagulls out of the top two but considering they were among the promotion long shots at the start of the season, the likes of Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Reading would probably settle for taking their chances in the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County have been defeated in the play-off final in recent years and will be desperate to experience the opposite to that disappointment if they reach Wembley again.

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-offs odds

To win the play-offs (Sky Bet):

  4/1 Huddersfield Town
  4/1 Sheffield Wednesday
  5/1 Leeds United
  6/1 Fulham
  7/1 Norwich City
  7/1 Reading
12/1 Brighton
14/1 Derby County
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To contest the play-offs:

  1/3 Huddersfield Town (Sky Bet)
  2/5 Sheffield Wednesday (Sky Bet)
  4/9 Reading (Sky Bet)
  4/7 Leeds United (Sky Bet)
  6/4 Norwich City (Sky Bet)
  7/4 Fulham (Ladbrokes)
  7/2 Derby County (Sky Bet)
  4/1 Brighton (Ladbrokes)
11/1 bar

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