We’re getting closer to the final days of the 2018-19 season, so there are teams that will be promoted to higher leagues or Champions League (if they’re on the 1st league), and teams that will be relegated from their leagues to a lower one. In English Championship, two teams already secured their spots to English Premier League: Norwich City and Sheffield United. For the third traveler on Premier League, there is a fight between four teams, ranked from place three to place six.
Playoff to English Premier League
Like we mentioned, four teams are in a fight for that one spot that leads to Premier League. There’s a semifinal match between Leeds United (3) and Derby County (6). In the other semifinal match, we have West Bromwich Albion (4) against Aston Villa (5). They already played their first matches, which ended with Leeds winning 1-0, and Aston Villa with a 2-1 win. The finalists will meet at Wembley on May 27 to decide who will join Norwich City and Sheffield United in the Premier League next season.
First Leg Review
Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe scored in the second half for a 1-0 victory over host Derby County. That was the first leg of their Championship playoff semifinal on Saturday. It was one hard match, full of tactical and strategical plays for both teams. That was proven by the number of yellow cards on this match. There were seven yellow cards (four for Derby County, three for Leeds United) in the second half after a first half with none.
West Brom had put pressure on Villa for 75 minutes, which protected Dwight Gayle’s early goal. They made Villa look like some team from the lower division. But a brilliant strike from Conor Hourihane and a Tammy Abraham penalty gave Dean Smith’s side the advantage. They scored one goal on just three shots, which can decide the traveler to the English Premier League.
Betting Review and Prediction
Both teams have great coaches. Leeds United has Marcelo Bielsa, and Derby County has legendary Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard. This season they played two times, and both times Bielsa’s team were better. As a guest, they won 4-1, and as a host team, they won with 2-0. Then in the playoffs, they won 1-0 as a guest.
We can be sure that this match is going to be a one-way match for Leeds. They have three victories in three encounters against Derby County. Bookmakers give us 1.65 on a tip that Leeds are going to win this. That is a good odd on a team that has three wins in previous three matches this season.
For those who want to win a little bit larger amount of money on this match, there is an option on handicap (0:1) on Leeds. Odd is 2,65, and the previous home match against Derby County finished 2-0 for Leeds.