Cup Finals and Promotion Playoffs Kickstart Weekend Football Action on FridayPublished May 17, 2019 by Florin P
The playoffs for a Serie A and English Championship spot begin on Friday, while top Danish teams meet in the Cup Final.
The final rounds of the most important European competitions will be played this weekend, but the action starts at a slower pace on Friday. On this particular day, the playoffs begin in the English League One and the Italian second division. The most successful teams of the regular season will try to return to the elite, by winning the first legs of the semifinals.
Former Premier League Teams Chase Championship Spot
Charlton Athletic have finished the League One regular season in third place, with a significant advantage over Doncaster Rovers. They were also able to build on their advantage and win the first leg on the road, so they are big favorites to advance to the finals. Intertops Sportsbook still offers even odds on the home side to win, which is excellent value, given their form and solid home record. By comparison, punters who bet on Doncaster to change their fortunes and win on the road could be paid at odds of 3/1. In the other semifinals, Portsmouth and Sunderland also fight for promotion, which means that three of the four teams involved are squads that used to play in the English Premier League.
Spezia and Cittadella Make their Serie A Bid on Friday
Spezia and Cittadella lock horns in the Serie B promotion playoffs, with the former having a home pitch advantage. A single game will be played and because of their superior placement at the end of the regular season, they will have a clear advantage. Even under these circumstances, punters can still expect terrific odds of 13/10 if they choose to bet on Spezia at bet365 Sports. The same bookmaker prices an away victory at 23/10 which is also an excellent value since this is not a double legged fixture.
The Danish Cup is Brondby and Mitdjylland’s Consolation Prize
Brondby and Mitdjylland have failed in their attempt to win the domestic Danish championship, which was ultimately claimed by Copenhagen. They can still salvage a mediocre season by winning the Cup on Friday afternoon in the match scheduled at 4 PM UK time. The match is played in the nation’s capital and since they don’t have home pitch advantage, Brondby get odds of 5/2 at 888 Sport. The bookie credits Mitdjylland with the first chance to win the trophy and a bet on a 90-minute victory is priced at 11/10.