Championship play-off final betting preview

Yes, it’s cliche, but the play-off final is truly the “richest game in football” with the victor securing a lucrative spot in the Premier League. With so much at stake, play-off final betting appeals to football fans worldwide, and we’ll explore some options below.

Wembley stadium is the battleground for the two teams fighting to make it into the Premier League fold this Tuesday. A west London affair, the Championship play-off final will pit Brentford against Fulham. As the last domestic English fixture before the restart of the Champions League, eyes up and down the country will be firmly fixed on this last-ditch effort for promotion.

Join us as we get into the nitty-gritty of this fixture and provide you with some exciting Championship play-off betting options for this 4 August final.

Brentford

After 46 gruelling games, a record of 24 wins, nine draws, and 13 losses throughout the 19/20 EFL Championship, Brentford finished the season in third place. With a tally of 81 points – equal with their final play-off opponents Fulham – the Bees finished well ahead of their semi-final rivals.

As a side very much on the up, Brentford breezed past Swansea in the play-off semi-final, beating them twice over two legs, 1-0 away and 3-1 at home. With the club looking like it has secured the pieces it needs for future success, including a new Brentford Community Stadium, the turn of the decade could signal a new era for the Bees. One which may include Premier League football for the first time in their history.

In order to reach the promised land of top-flight football, they must overcome a strong Fulham side, experienced in play-off qualification and well-versed with reaching the top-tier of English football. Brentford fans will have a lot of confidence going into their Tuesday fixture knowing that their side achieved two victories over the Cottagers this season, without conceding a single goal.

Manager Thomas Frank will hope to once again turn Fulham’s game plan on itself, employing the help of his lead striker Ollie Watkins. Looking to secure his 27th goal for his side, the English striker is at 7/5 (2.40) to be an anytime goalscorer come 4 August.

Fulham

After being dragged down to the Championship depths following a miserable 18/19 Premier League campaign, Fulham have steadied the ship and maintained course amongst the promotional mix for the duration of the season.

Keeping hold of key players like Aleksander Mitrovic and Tom Cairney, while adding substantial additions such as Anthony Knockaert, has played a crucial role, enabling the Cottagers to win plaudits for playing some great football.  Now on the verge of redemption, Fulham face a Brentford team against which they have failed to score a single goal in their previous two meetings.

Bouncing back into the Premier League has huge ramifications for any club, both in terms of finance and club stature, but for a club like Fulham, it arguably means more. Having established themselves as a Premier League club at the turn of the millennium, Fulham have become somewhat of a yo-yo club in recent years. This fixture represents a chance to get back to where their fans feel they belong.

Attention will be heavily focussed on Aleksandar Mitrovic to score the Fulham’s first goal of the season against their opponents, with his chances of banging in a goal calculated at 19/10 (2.90).

BRENTFORD VS FULHAM: CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF FINAL BETTING ODDS

Brentford are favourites to secure the final place into the Premier League at 16/15 (2.07) to win, with Fulham measuring up at 53/20 (3.65).

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BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 34

Join us as we take a look into the final fixtures in German top-flight football and preview Bundesliga betting in Week 34.

BUNDESLIGA BETTING: WEEK 34

Borussia Dortmund

Erling Braut Haaland will have a hard time finding any critics after last weekend’s otherworldly display against RB Leipzig. The Norwegian striker found the net twice and secured second place for Borussia Dortmund and the unofficial title of best-of-the-rest.

Although BVB enter their last game of the season 10 points away from the league champions, manager Favre can take many positives from his team this season. His young superstars have proved vital to the team’s success and will surely only improve with another season under their belts. The future could be bright for Dortmund; if they can hold onto some of their young guns.

Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim go into their final fixture of the Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of Union Berlin under their belt. Although safe in the knowledge that they have successfully secured a qualification spot into the Europa League next season, the potential to put Wolfsburg’s sixth-place position to the sword still remains.

Knowing that they are a team that have caused Borussia Dortmund problems in the past – they were 2-1 victors when the team’s met in the reverse fixture – Schreuder should have his players feeling some confidence that they could take all three points.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS HOFFENHEIM: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Borussia Dortmund head into the fixture as favourites at 19/25 (1.76) to win, with Erling Braut Haaland calculated at 3/4 (1.75), to be an anytime goalscorer. Hoffenheim’s chances are measured at 61/20 (4.05), to come out on top.


Wolfsburg

Having swatted Schalke 04 aside in a 4-1 victory last week, Wolfsburg find themselves hovering in sixth place, level on points with Hoffenheim. In what will undoubtedly be one of their hardest games of the season, the Wolves must welcome reigning champions, Bayern Munich to their home ground.

Aware that obtaining the full points could save them from a round of preliminary Europa League fixtures next season, Glasner will be clinging on to the hope that his top-scorer Wout Weghorst can help make the difference one more time at the Volkswagen Arena.

Bayern Munich

Any assumptions that Bayern Munich might take it easy after clinching their eighth consecutive title will have been put to rest following their flawless display last Saturday. Robert Lewandowski made history, scoring two goals to bring his seasonal goal tally up to 33 and securing his place as the most prolific goalscorer in Bundesliga history.

Motivation hasn’t proven an issue for Hans-Dieter Flick and his team. So there’s no reason to doubt that FC Bayern end the season on a high and secure their 26th victory. 

WOLFSBURG 04 VS BAYERN MUNICH: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

The champions, Bayern Munich head into their final fixture as the favourites at 7/9 (1.78) to win, with Robert Lewandowski at chances of 16/33 (1.49), to score at any time. Home-side Wolfsburg find themselves at 61/20 (4.05), to cause an upset.


Borussia Monchengladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach head into their final fixture of the season against Hertha BSC in fourth place, after a double strike last weekend from Stindl gifted the Foals all three points.

Marco Rose will take nothing for granted, knowing his players face the team who stole points from fifth place Bayer Leverkusen last time out. Borussia Monchengladbach have full control over their Champions League qualifying ambitions, a win guaranteeing at least fourth place.

Hertha BSC

Sandwiched in the middle of the league with a single point separating them from Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha BSC go into their final fixture needing a win to push them up to ninth place.

While Hertha BSC have lost three out of their last four games, they can take some positives from last weekend’s deserved victory, knowing that they have a team with the potential to improve on their previous 0-0 draw versus Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this season.  

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH VS HERTHA BSC: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

As the home team, Borussia Monchengladbach at 7/20 (1.35) to win, come out very much on top with Hertha BSC measured at 37/5 (8.40).

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PREVIEW: SERIE A RETURN

Find out what’s still at stake when Italian football returns.

Authorities in Italy have allowed the continuation of Serie A, with Italian top-flight football returning to centre stage on 20 June. To make sure you’re armed with knowledge before you begin betting, we’ve put together this Serie A preview.

With more and more governing bodies seeing fit for sport to return to our screens, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have finalised their plans to continue the Serie A 19/20 campaign. The first two fixtures – Torino vs. Parma and Cagliari vs. Verona – take place on 20 June.

A significant amount of time has passed since Italian clubs have been able to kick a ball and compete against each other. We’ll take a closer look into a highly-competitive Serie A table, where league glory, Champions League qualification and Europa league spots are still to on the line.

League title and the battle for the Champions League

Anyone with a passing knowledge of Serie A will not be surprised to find Juventus atop the table. What is of note though, is the fact that just one point separates them from rivals Lazio in second place. Sarri’s men are looking to secure the club’s eighth title in just as many years, solidifying a legacy worthy of the 35-time Serie A champions. For Juventus, it should be business as usual, with most at the club aware of what it takes to win another league.

Second-place Lazio will be eager to end the reign of the Bianconeri, as they find themselves within point-black range of Serie A’s top spot. Manager Filippo Inzaghi will have his work cut out for him to achieve his aim. Lazio find themselves travelling away from home a daunting seven times in their final fixtures, and have the most matches against clubs in the top eight.

After a flying start to the season, Inter find themselves well-secured in the third Champions League place. Eight points away from second place and six points away from fourth, the Nerazzurri are an island. However, with many fixtures still to be played and a lot of points up for grabs, an optimist might point to the potential of a top-of-the-table reshuffle. We’d say, don’t bet on it.

The final position for entry into the Champions League is currently held by a high-flying Atalanta team, who appear to be a club on the rise. Scoring an incredible 15 goals in their last three fixtures in all competitions, Atalanta will be eager to continue their form at the restart. Goals will be needed if they’re to push themselves away from the hungry chasing pack and secure their ticket into next year’s Champions League.

The fight for Europa League

We’ll continue our Serie A preview with Roma, who find themselves in fifth place on 45 points and in possession of a qualification spot into the Europa League. With a six-point gap to the team below them, Fonseca will keep his team’s attention on fourth-place Atalanta. Two points is a vulnerable advantage that the Giallorossi are more than capable of overcoming.

Napoli have had a difficult season and sit in sixth place in the Serie A table. Considered by many as the team that would normally take the fight to Juventus and push them hardest throughout the season, Napoli find themselves cut well and truly adrift. Qualification for the final Europa League is the height of their ambitions. The restart of Serie A does offer a chance for the team to reset themselves and get back on track, ready to challenge for bigger prizes next season.

The battle to avoid relegation

Brescia, SPAL and Lecce occupy in the relegation zone. While the writing may already be on the wall for Brescia and SPAL, who find themselves with 16 and 18 points respectively, Lecce have a chance to break out. Only three points separate them from 14th place, so Genoa, Sampdoria, Torino and Udinese will all be looking over their shoulder.

Serie A Betting

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DREAMHACK MASTERS: SPRING 2020

With ESL ONE: Road to Rio all wrapped up, CS:GO pros are diving into another action-packed tournament: DreamHack Masters. Established by DreamHack in 2016, the event sets the stage for 32 teams across Europe, NA, Asia, and Oceania to stake their claim to the $300,000 prize pool in one of the biggest esports events of the year. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, take a peek at our recently-published CS:GO – All You Need To Know post. You’ll find an in-depth overview of CS:GO esports events, how to play Counter-Strike, and an introduction to CS:GO betting.

This year, the roaring Malmo arena is off-limits to our favourite CS:GO professional teams and players. Much like the ESL ONE: Road to Rio, the regional DreamHack tournaments are going to take place entirely online. Before we unpack the lineups of this year’s DreamHack Masters, let’s have a look at the final standings of ESL One: Road to Rio. 

ESL ONE: Road to Rio Recap

The world’s 56 best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to secure one of the 24 qualifier places for the upcoming ESL CS:GO Major in Brazil, the 16th Valve-sponsored event featuring a massive $2,000,000 prize pool.

Europe: First place went to Astralis, followed by G2 Esports, Faze Clan, and last year’s DreamHack Masters runners-up Team Vitality. 

North America: Furia Esports ceded the crown to newcomers Gen.G Esports. The third and fourth places went to Cloud9 and Team Liquid. 

CIS: Team Spirit were victorious, trailed by Winstrike Team, Hard Legion Esports, and Russia’s Virtus.pro.

South America: BOOM Esports blasted through the competition, leaving 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places to Isurus, Imperial e-Sports, and Red Canids. 

Asia: TIGER triumphed over TYLOO in the grand finals, while D13 and ViCi Gaming tied for the last two qualifiers of the season. 

Oceania: Fan-favourite Renegades topped the charts, followed by ORDER, Chiefs Esports Club, and the WESG 2019 Oceania winners Ground Zero Gaming.

Dreamhack Masters Format

The 32 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing in this spring’s DreamHack Masters are spread across four major regions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. The regional tournaments will feature unique prize pools, with the larger purses attributed to EU and NA due to the greater number of competing teams. 

Europe

Europe’s DreamHack Masters Group Stage is running through 30 May, with playoffs set to begin on 8 June. The 16 qualifying teams include ESL’s top four: Astralis, G2, Faze Clan, and Team Vitality. Four groups of four teams are playing round-robin best-of-three, with the first-place winners in each group heading to the playoffs in the upper bracket. Second and third-place teams will compete in the lower bracket, while fourth-placed teams will be eliminated. All playoffs are best-of-three, except the finals — a best-of-five round with a 1-0 advantage to the team from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, ENCE, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Heroic, MAD Lions, mousesports, Natus Vincere, North, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, GODSENT, Team Spirit, and BIG. 

Prize Pool: $160,000

North America

North American DreamHack Masters follows a similar structure to EU’s format. The eight teams will wrap up Group Stage matches on 30 May, with the top CS:GO teams advancing to playoffs in early June. Teams compete in two groups of four, playing round-robin best-of-three matches. First place advances to the playoffs in the upper bracket, second and third take lower, and fourth will be eliminated. FURIA are leading Group A, closely followed by Team Liquid. Group B’s standings will shift through Sunday when Gen.G meet Cloud9. 

Teams: 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, MIBR, Cloud9, Chaos Esports Club, and Gen.G Esports. 

Prize Pool: $100,000

Asia

With only four CS:GO teams competing in Asia, the teams are seeded directly into a double-elimination bracket. The playoffs open on 2 June, and all matches will be played best-of-three. The final face-off is a best-of-five match with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Beyond Esports, Lucid Dream, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

Oceania

ESL ONE: Road to Rio’s top three are ready for another gruelling conflict! Renegades, Chiefs Esports Club, and ORDER are heading into a double-elimination bracket, with Avant Gaming as the fourth and final team. The format is identical to Asia’s: best-of-threes beginning on 2 June, with a 1-0 map advantage to the upper bracket contenders in the final best-of-five. 

Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

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Getting to Know Millwall FC

EnergyBet has just entered into an exciting 2-year partnership with South-East London based Millwall FC – one of Britain’s most fascinating and famed football clubs. So, we thought we’d put together a few interesting facts about The Lions!

Millwall, just not in Millwall

Did you know that Millwall FC doesn’t actually play in Millwall, and haven’t done so since 1910! Yep, though the club originally formed as Millwall Rovers, in the Isle of Dogs area of London’s Docklands way back in 1885, they have long been based south of the River Thames, in Bermondsey.

Blue and White Forever

Ever wondered where Millwall’s iconic blue and white colours come from? They are very reminiscent of the Scottish flag for sure, and that’s for a good reason! When the club formed as Millwall Rovers, it was pretty much the company team of JT Morton – an Aberdeen based preserve manufacturer that had expanded by opening a canning factory on the banks of the River Thames just over a decade earlier.

Changing Grounds, Changing Names

Interestingly Millwall have had three different names. First off was, as we’ve seen, Millwall Rovers, then they became Millwall Athletic in 1889. Their present name of Millwall Football Club wasn’t adopted until 1920. It wasn’t just the names that changed in the early years either: Millwall had no fewer than four different grounds on the Isle of Dogs, before moving to the famous Den stadium, and then finally to the New Den – that is, once again, simply known by today’s fans as the Den.

Famous Fans

Millwall’s fans are well-known for their dedication and passion, easily being amongst the most loyal in English football, and they also have their fair share of celebrity fans, from notable Londoners to Hollywood A-listers, including comedian, DJ and writer Danny Baker, boxer David Haye, actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Emilio Estevez, Gary Oldman and Blake Harrison (of The Inbetweeners fame), TV presenters Michael Barrymore, Gregg Wallace (Masterchef) and Claudia Winkleman, entertainer Des O’Connor, journalist Ron Liddle, musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and the singer Morrissey. Now that’s quite a star-studded supporters club!

Record Scorers and Victories

Who holds the goalscoring record for The Lions? That would be Neil Harris, who notched up an impressive 138 goals, passing previous record holder Teddy Sheringham’s total of 111 back in 2009. We wonder if anyone from the current squad will be smashing this record at some point in the future? Millwall’s biggest ever victory margin was achieved in 1927, when they beat both Torquay United and Coventry City by 9-1 at the Den, but we’re sure there’s another, even bigger victory lying ahead!

Home-Grown Talent

Unusually for a contemporary English club, The Lions currently have a squad dominated by home-grown talent, with no less than 20 English players, 2 Northern Irishmen, 1 Scot and 1 Welshman, though there are also players hailing from as far afield as Ireland, Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Antigua and Barbuda.

League Achievements

Currently playing in The Championship, the second tier of English football, The Lions have played 90 seasons in the Football League (1920-21 to 2016-17), during which time they’ve been promoted eleven times and, unfortunately relegated ten times – moving up and down between the second and third tiers of the league. However, for a brief period of glory from 1988-90, Millwall did play in the First Division. A memorable occasion for Millwall, was reaching the FA Cup final and qualifying for the UEFA Cup, in 2004 – The Lions had previously reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1900, 1903, 1937 and 2013. Another notable moment was winning the Football League Group Cup in 1983.

Londoners and Proud

Millwall, as a club, epitomises that indefatigable London spirit – with a ‘no surrender’ attitude and a down-to-earth view on life. To underline this, the official club song, “Let em’ Come” by Roy Green is played as The Lions and the visiting team walk on to the pitch at the Den. Written specially for Millwall, the song’s lyrics reflect traditional London culture, including that unsettling local delicacy of jellied eels, and drinking a glass of beer before a match.

Over the years Millwall have also used such musical gems as “London Calling” by the Clash and “Town Called Malice” by The Jam, to get fans warmed up, and the epic “Rockin’ All Over the World” by Status Quo is played after every home win. One things for sure, Millwall aren’t afraid of making some noise!

Long Running Rivalry

No discussion of Millwall would be complete without a mention of local rivalry. Out of all the football clubs in England, The Lions share perhaps the most intense rivalries of all – especially with West Ham United! In fact, the clubs have seldom met in recent years, as they play in different leagues, with the majority of matches played long ago, before the First World War (60 between 1899 and 1915)! In total, they’ve clashed 99 times, with Millwall winning 38, drawing 27 and losing 34. But, if there is one thing that The Lions are proud of, it is history, so the rivalry looks set to continue, though with a distinctly friendlier nature than in the far past!

The Future

As we’ve seen, Millwall FC are a fascinating club with a colourful and proud history, and EnergyBet is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with such a determined team and dedicated fans. With so many matches lying ahead, in a very competitive league, no one can predict the future, but we’re confident that The Lions will be giving it their very best, with that true London spirit, and EnergyBet will be with them every step of the way!

 

Kodija Shoots Rangers

Man of the moment Jonathan Kodija scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa saw off a resilient QPR at Villa Park to maintain their excellent run.

Kodjia scored his seventh goal in seven games as Aston Villa picked up a fourth win in a row against a QPR team that simply wouldn’t roll over and die.

For Villa that is 7 wins out of the last 8 games and although they remain 11th place they have conceded just the one goal in that period of time.

Albert Adomah had already hit the post for Villa before Ivorian Kodjia blasted low into the net from Leandro Bacuna’s pass.

The rest of the half was low key though Villa could have extended their lead after the break, Nathan Baker’s header cleared off the line by Massimo Luongo.

Queens Park Rangers had good spells but created few clear chances particularly in the second half where they dominated possession at points but couldn’t find a way past the stout Villa defending. Substitute Matt Smith heading just wide for the Hoops with his first touch but the Londoners were hard working and disciplined and like Steve Bruce at Villa, QPR manager Ian Holloway will be looking at these last few games of the season to see over the squad and assemble a new team for next season.

Villa are still nine points from the final play-off spot with six games to play, while Ian Holloway’s side slip to 16th in the Championship table but should stay in the Championship. Rotherham are of course already down and likely to be joined by Wigan who are six points away from safety. The third relegation spot is likely to be battled out by 5 teams and QPR are 10 points clear of trouble also with 6 games to play so not too many lost finger nails at Loftus Road in the next couple of months one would think.

Kodjia has now scored in four consecutive home games. While Steve Bruce’s side are on a strange stat, as mentioned they have won seven of their last eight games but this followed a run of seven defeats in nine. An incredible turnaround for the Villa.

The R’s have now gone eight league games without a victory at Villa Park, last winning in 1992 courtesy of Les Ferdinand’s strike. QPR have won just one of their last seven away league matches but Holloway has at least instilled belief although he will be disappointed they had just one shot on target in the entire match despite bossing possession. The away team had 55% of the possession.

Steve Bruce joked his Aston Villa players are trying to finish him off after what was very much a nervy 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

The manager watched on from the touchline as his side failed to kill of Ian Holloway’s battling team but said after the game:

“I’ve just said that to them. I think they will try and finish me off! As for the resilience, they’ve found that ingredient that the Championship needs,” the manager added. “They’ve conceded one goal in eight games which is quite incredible.”

Kodjia’s latest strike took his tally to 18 for the season and the Ivory Coast international is bidding to become Villa’s first man to bag 20 goals in the league since Peter Withe achieved it in 1981.

Bruce added: “The first goal was a tremendous bit of quality again and it’s won us the match. QPR had good possession and made it awkward for us and it became a little bit edgy.”

Villa are winning and although it’s not superior football the main thing is they are winning with guile and resilience. The fans and the owners will take that any day of the week after the last couple of years.



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