No surprise to any of you that Leeds’ season was over in January, but the Playoffs are still a point of interest for Leeds. There’s a few ways of looking at it, do we want the best team to go up so that the league is easier next season or do we want to get rid of a boring team like Hull so we don’t have to play them again next season? Last year I’d have said Derby because they always beat us but this season all that changed, I wouldn’t mind them bottling it again.
The two play-off semi-finals are Hull City v Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday. Personally I think Derby will be victorious in the first game and Sheffield Wednesday in the second tie. The team that just misses out on automatic promotion usually fails in the play-offs and Sheffield Wednesday have a very good team. I haven’t been too impressed with Hull this season, yeah they’ve finished in the play-offs but I don’t think they’re as good as the league table suggests. You can find the odds for these results or your own selections at William Hill English Championship betting site.
So if the final was to be Derby v Sheffield Wednesday I’m sure that’d be a difficult choice for Leeds fans, I don’t hate Wednesday as much as a lot of Leeds fans seem to do so I’d rather we had Yorkshire represented in the Premier League than Derby. Next year Leeds surely have to go for the play-offs? If we don’t then the attendances will just get lower and lower and we’ll end up as a similar sort of club to Ipswich and nobody wants that.
Leeds’ most recent play-off games were all pretty entertaining, who can forget Becchio scoring against Millwall at Elland Road, with one of the loudest celebrations in recent years, only to see us lose… Johnny Howson scoring a last minute goal at Carlisle to take us to Wembley, only to see us lose the final… Beating Preston 2-0 away to go to Cardiff, only to lose… Yeah all of these stories have bad endings, that’s Leeds for you. So watching play-off games as a Leeds fan when Leeds aren’t involved, it’s refreshing, it’s interesting, like Preston winning last year with Beckford and Grayson? That was a great time. So who do you think will win the Championship play-offs? Let us know!