It’s known as the richest match of club football in the world and it will take place at Wembley in the early hours of Monday morning, the Championship Playoff Final.

On the line is a spot in the English Premier League and all of the bells and whistles that go with it.

Fulham and Bournemouth have already earned promotion into the top flight and one of Huddersfield or Nottingham Forest will be joining them upon the conclusion of this match.

We’ve got our best bets and match preview below so read on and see who we are backing.

Huddersfield Vs Nottingham Forest

Monday 30 May, 1:30am, Wembley Stadium

Having spent the last three seasons trying to return to the Premier League after their relegation following the 2018-2019 season, Huddersfield took many sides by surprise with their ascent up the table this season.

In the past two seasons they only narrowly avoided relegation finishing 18th and 20th but a litany of free transfers made them contenders this time around.

After winning 23 of their 46 games, plus 10 draws they earned third place and defeated Luton Town 2-1 on aggregate in their playoff to book their spot at Wembley.

Nottingham Forest is trying to end an even lengthier absence from the Premier League having last participated in the English top flight in the 1998-1999 campaign.

Few would have expected them to make the leap this season after finishing in 17th last year and never placing higher than seventh in the prior ten seasons.

But make the leap they did, ending up in fourth place with 80 points, eight behind second placed Bournemouth and the league’s third best goal difference.

Forest won the first leg of their Playoff Semi Final against Sheffield United but did give up a 91st minute goal that would come back to haunt them.

They scored early in the second leg but gave up goals in the 47th and 75th minute to level the tie and a penalty shootout would be needed.

Fortunately for Forest, they held their nerve from the spot and came away 3-2 winners from 12 yards.


With so much on the line, these Playoff Finals don’t tend to produce the most open and expansive contests.

Since 2013, only two of the nine finals have seen Over 2.5 Goals hit with Both Teams to Score having the same record.

In the head to head history between these sides since Huddersfield’s relegation, four of the last five matches have seen the winning side keep a clean sheet, with Both Teams to Score only hitting in the FA Cup tie in February.

It might not be the most ambitious play but backing a low scoring arm wrestle appears to be the prudent option based on recent history.

Back Both Teams to Score (No) @ $1.75


This is the biggest stage that a Championship club can play on (despite it essentially being a playoff for third spot) and in a fixture like this, you have to back the big name players to come through.

Welsh forward Brennan Johnson has scored a remarkable 19 goals from 52 appearances in all competitions for Forest including 16 in the league and is the favourite in the Anytime Goalscorer market.

As for Huddersfield, only one player tallied double digit goals for the club this season, with Danny Ward recording 14 goals, all of which came in the league, however he did leave the pitch in the first half of the second leg.

Replacing him was teammate Jordan Rhodes who scored the goal to send them to Wembley and looms as a dark horse if Ward is in any way limited.

It sounds like Ward will be good to go and you can back him knowing if he is withdrawn before kickoff, Rhodes is a solid backup option.

Back Brennan Johnson Anytime Goalscorer @ $2.88

Back Danny Ward Anytime Goalscorer @ $3.60


Forest holds the head to head advantage winning the away league match in September as well as the FA Cup tie at home and will go into this one as favourites.

It’s tough to ignore Huddersfield’s form line since the start of April however winning seven and drawing two of the nine matches played since then.

Forest on the other hand have won just one of their last four as their backline has not been as stout as it has been in the past.

Even though they would be the Cinderella side, it’s tough to see how there is a clear disparity in the odds between these two clubs.

Assuming Ward is healthy, the Terriers look like a good value option.

Back Huddersfield to be Promoted @ $2.30