Fulham favourites for Prem return, Reading outsiders of quartet

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Any of the four remaining sides still in the running for a place in the Premier League via the play-offs has a genuine chance of coming out on top – and that’s not something we see all that often.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham side are 2/1 favourites for a return to the top-flight, while the outsiders in this market are Reading.

However, that’s a term we’re using lightly. At 10/3, there’s every chance the Royals can go all the way.

After all, they finished at the top of this quartet in the table with relative ease, and head into the play-offs having won seven of their last nine matches.

But in their two-leg semi-final clash they’ll face a Fulham side who’ve stormed into the top six, and the Craven Cottage outfit look like they mean business this year.

No side in the division has scored more than the West London club. Only six have conceded fewer.

If the league would’ve started on 1 January, the Cottagers would be top, one point ahead of another of this year’s play-off hopefuls.

Step forward, Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls were incredibly close to winning promotion last year, eventually losing out to Hull City in the final at Wembley. But they’ve quietly gone about their business this year, and finished the season in fine form.

A fourth placed finish for Carlos Carvahal’s men ensured they would meet Huddersfield Town in the semis. Win that, and there could be some great value in the 5/2 on them going one better this campaign.

As for Huddersfield themselves, they were dreaming of an automatic spot just a couple of months ago.

However, a dip in form has seen them fall to 11/4 for promotion via the play-offs.

They head into their two matches with Sheffield Wednesday having lost both games against the South Yorkshire outfit.

Will that psychological advantage play into Wednesday’s hands?

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.