This weekend sees the final round of fixtures in The Championship and even though Reading claimed the title last week, there is still all toplay for with the second automatic promotion spot still up for grabs. Southampton are in the driving seat and need to only better West Ham’s result to ensure they return to the Premier League after a seven year absence. Southampton must fancy their chances as they face Coventry at home. Southampton have the best home record in the league and as Coventry have already been relegated so by definition are a poor team and now also a poor team with nothing to play for. The Saints are currently priced at 1.11 with Betfair to get promoted through any means which is our "value" bet.
The race for the play-offs is not over either as Middlesbrough can still make it if they win against Watford and Cardiff lose to Crystal Palace. This looks unlikely though, as Palace are in awful form without a win in their last eight games. The odds are definitely in Cardiff’s favour as Betfair has priced Middlesbrough at 7.6. Boro fans shouldn’t feel it is a lost cause though, as they look in decent form after coming from behind against Southampton at the weekend and anything can happen on the last day of the season.
Unfortunately there will be no last day repetitions of "The Great Escape" as three clubs have already been relegated, these are Doncaster, Coventry and Portsmouth.
The battle between Southampton and West Ham continued not just in the League but also in the goal scoring charts. Reflecting the league Ricky Lambert, of Southampton, has pretty much secured the Golden Boot scoring 25 goals while Vaz Te, of West Ham, is in second place with 20. For either of them to wrap up a fine Season in style Lambert can be backed to score anytime this weekend at 5/6 with Stan James and Vaz Te is priced at 11/10 with Totesport.
Although this weekend won’t see the normal level of last day excitement there is still something there with the battle between West Ham and Southampton for the final automatic spot. Both are aiming to return to where they think they belong after lengthy absences. Promotion is worth an estimated £90m to each club so tomorrow still has a lot riding on it.