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Championship play-off odds: Who will join Fulham and Bournemouth in the Premier League?

By Dean Smith

Championship play-off odds: Who will join Fulham and Bournemouth in the Premier League?

Published: 23:25, 17 May 2022

After nine exciting months of football, there is just one game left of the 2021/22 Championship season: the play-off final.

Fulham and Bournemouth secured their spots back in the Premier League by finishing first and second respectively. But who will join them in the top flight?

Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Luton Town entered the play-offs, and it’s the former two that will contest the final.

Here are the latest odds for promotion to the Premier League this season.

Odds* to win the EFL Championship Play-Offs

Team Sky Bet Paddy Power Betway Betfair
Nottingham Forest 2/5 2/5 10/11 4/9
Huddersfield Town 7/4 17/10 11/4 13/8
*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (23:10, 17/05/2022). BeGambleAware.

The Premier League is not only the top league of English football, it’s one of the top leagues globally with fans around the globe tuning in to keep up with the action. 

The promotion system in English football allows three teams from the Championship to be promoted to the Premier League. This is at the sacrifice of the bottom three teams in the top league, moving down to Championship level. 

The top two teams in the Championship qualify for promotion automatically, making those top two spots some of the most lucrative in all of football. The third team worthy of promotion is then decided with a playoff with the teams finishing 3rd to 6th entering a play-off tournament. The winner of this playoff tournament is then promoted to the Premier League. 

Who are the favourites to win the play-offs this season?

A total of four teams qualified for the play-offs, offering the chance to win a place in the Premier League. Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town confirmed their places before the final day, with Sheffield United and Luton Town making the cut as well.

Nottingham Forest

Things could have been so much different for Nottingham Forest. They went into their game against Bournemouth last week knowing a win would have moved them into the automatic promotion spot with one game left to play, ahead of the Cherries on goal difference.

Instead, they fell to a 1-0 defeat and had to face the play-offs in their hopes of a return to the Premier League. And now they are just one game away, but they didn’t make it easy for themselves.

Steve Cooper’s side took a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their semi-final against Sheffield United on Tuesday night but lost 2-1, with the tie eventually going all the way to penalties. Brice Samba, who had pulled off an excellent save in extra-time to keep Forest in the tie, was the hero in the shootout making three saves.

Huddersfield Town

Carlos Corberan’s men looked destined to ask questions of the top two, with the club unbeaten in 17 between the start of December and March.

However, two defeats on the spin in March knocked the wind out of their sails slightly, and they failed to mount a serious automatic-promotion bid, though they did conclude the season in third, so have that precious commodity momentum on their side.

And they took that into their semi-final against Luton, leaving Kenilworth Road with a 1-1 draw in the first leg before Jordan Rhodes’ 82nd-minute winner sealed their place at Wembley. They are the underdogs going into the game, but as the team with the more recent Premier League experience, Huddersfield will be confident.


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