With the semi-finals now finished all attention turns towards the Championship play-off final between Blackpool and West Ham on May 19th.
Both sides have done exceptionally well to reach this stage and are looking at an immediate return to the Premier League after relegation last season.
Blackpool have yet again impressed everyone with their style of attacking football this campaign. After the heart ache of relegation last year not too many people had tipped them to make to top six again this time out which is credit to the job Ian Holloway has done at the club.
Holloway’s side were 3-2 winners on aggregate over Birmingham in the semi-final. The Seasiders took a 1-0 lead into the tie at St Andrews and had found themselves 2-0 up and cruising in the second leg.
However Birmingham hit back with two late goals but the Lancashire side showed fantastic spirit and determination to hold out and progress to Wembley for the second time in three years.
It is now nine games unbeaten for Blackpool so they will be in great spirits going into the final.
As for West Ham, they breezed through their semi-final over Cardiff with a 5-0 aggregate win over two legs.
Sam Allardyce’s men look extremely organised and disciplined at the back against the Welsh side, as well as showing creativity and top class finishing going forward.
After missing out on second place on the final day, The Hammers have done fantastically well to bounce back after what would have been a disappointing afternoon.
With the likes of Robert Green, Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan and Carlton Cole West Ham do have the big name players who will be able to cope with the pressure this game brings.
Allardyce’s side have now won four games in a row, conceding just two goals so are in perfect shape going into this encounter.
West Ham go into the game as slight favourites to win in 90 minutes. You can back them at 2.10 (11/10) with SkyBet.
Blackpool know that they go into this match as the underdogs and will have to upset the bookmakers to win this one. They are being offered at 3.4 (9/5) with BetFred. The game going into extra time is available at 2.30 (23/10) with William Hill.
There are lots of possible outcomes in this match, especially as both sides seem to be at the top of their game. A 2-1 victory for The Hammers is 8.5 (15/2) with Sportingbet.
Blackpool are known for never giving up when they look to be out of the game and will always play in the same attacking manner no matter what. A recommended bet is for The Seasiders to be losing at half time but end up as winners after 90 minutes. You can back this at 41.00 with SportingBet.