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Villa to edge tight Play-off Final

Villa to edge tight Play-off Final

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The climax of the Football League season takes place this weekend with three crucial play-off finals at Wembley.

Our man Ray Parlour gives his thoughts on who will triumph and who will suffer promotion heartbreak.

League Two Play-off Final: Newport County vs. Tranmere Rovers

Newport went on a terrific run at the end of the season to secure their playoff place, putting together an unbeaten run of 10 games. So they’re coming into this one in cracking form.

They’re also very good defensively and didn’t concede in either game against Tranmere in the regular season. But all that said, I just fancy Tranmere to sneak this one.

With James Norwood up front I think they’ve got the best player on the pitch and he’ll be a big threat to Newport. It’ll be close but Tranmere to edge it.

Newport County 1-2 Tranmere Rovers @ 31/4

League One Play-off Final: Charlton Athletic vs. Sunderland

Both of these teams have Premier League history and will be desperate to take another big step back towards the top flight.

It’s massive for both, but the pressure feels a little bit more on Sunderland because of the expectation at the club and how much their fans have suffered in the last few seasons.

There was only three points between the two teams in the league and both keep it tight at the back so I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of that incredible 4-4 play-off final in 1998. But there could be some drama and my pick is Charlton to win after extra time.

Charlton Athletic to win after ET @ 21/2

Championship Play-off Final: Derby County vs. Aston Villa

Derby’s Semi Final win at Leeds was a brilliant result and Leeds really couldn’t handle their attack at Elland Road.

Frank Lampard’s done a brilliant job and regardless of whether they get promotion or not, as long as he’s still at the club, they’ve got a very bright future. Their loan players, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson, look like real talents and they’ll be relishing the chance to show their quality on the big stage at Wembley.

Villa weren’t at their best against West Brom in the Semi Finals but they did enough and they’ve definitely got match winners in their side too. Jack Grealish is a Premier League player so he’ll be looking to inspire his side to promotion. And Tammy Abraham’s been a big goal threat all season.

I think both teams will score but Villa will ultimately just have too much and book themselves a return to the Premier League.

Derby County 1-2 Aston Villa @ 25/4

Aston Villa to win and BTTS @ 16/5

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