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Aston Villa the punters' pick to win the Championship play-offs

Aston Villa the punters' pick to win the Championship play-offs

The Villans are in the play-offs for the first time ever and money is coming in for them to go up.

We’re at that time of the season where the lottery of promotion can be decided in the most unpredictable of ways. The play-offs are nearly here and this season, the competition debutants are favourite with punters to win it all.

Aston Villa join Fulham, Derby and Middlesbrough in the end of season shoot-out. Whilst the Villans have never been here before, the other three have all suffered play-off heartache in the past (Fulham’s loss to Reading last season, Middlesbrough losing the 2015 final to Norwich and Derby being on the end of THAT Bobby Zamora goal in 2014). 

The bookies have Fulham as 7/4 best price favourites, with Villa joint-second with Boro at 11/4 and Derby 5/1 outsiders.

But despite this, Villa have been the best backed team, accounting for 40% of bets since the four teams were confirmed.

Next up are the Rams with 25%, but perhaps most surprising of all is that Fulham have been the least backed team with just 14% of all total bets since yesterday lunchtime.

Their fantastic unbeaten run came to an end against Birmingham and it could well be a tough ask for the Whites to get past the emotional strain of knowing that a win would have seen them promoted. They play Derby in the semi-finals, while Aston Villa play Middlesbrough.

Oddschecker spokesman George Elek: “The play-offs are notoriously difficult to call, but punters are backing Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa to secure their return to the Premier League after two years. Bruce has won promotion this way twice before, including with Villa’s arch-rivals Birmingham City and it could well be that experience that gets the Villans over the line.”