League Two play-offs: Plymouth our pick to prevail at Wembley


Trying to predict the outcome of the Football League play-offs is tricky at the best of times but judging this season’s League Two quartet has thrown up a real stinker.

With question marks surrounding each of the candidates picking a potential winner hasn’t been easy.

For fans of trends: In the last 10 years the team that has finished fourth have won the play-offs three times, fifth-placed teams have gone up twice, likewise those who came sixth and the seventh side three times.

Does that make things any clearer? Probably not. But we had to choose someone and it’s John Sheridan’s Plymouth who get the nod.

Argyle aren’t carrying the same amount of recent play-off baggage as their rivals and look a solid shout to get past an injury-ravaged Wycombe side who were comfortably seen off 2-0 by the Greens back in February.

Added to that, wins over Tranmere and title-chasing Shrewsbury were a positive end to the campaign.

Phil Brown’s Southend outfit were on a stunning seven-game winning streak before falling out of the top three on the final day following defeat to Morecambe. The Shrimpers have a very chequered play-off history and are perhaps best avoided at the prices.

Meanwhile, Stevenage have performed heroics in the past and shown they’re more than capable of mixing it with the best in League Two.

A 2-0 loss to Luton last time out was Boro’s first defeat in eight outings and can be forgiven if you’re looking for an outside bet.

Southend Play-Off Record:

League One semi-finals (2007/2008)

League Two semi-finals (2011/2012, 2013/2014)

League Two winners (2004/2005)

Play-off winner odds: 15/8

Wycombe Play-Off Record:

League Two semi-finals (2005/2006, 2007/2008)

Division Three winners (1993/1994)

Play-off winner odds: 5/2

Plymouth Play-Off Record:

Division Two semi-finals (1993/1994)

Division Three winners (1995/1996)

Play-off winner odds: 3/1

Stevenage Play-Off Record:

League One semi-finals (2011/2012)

League Two winners (2010/2011)

Play-off winner odds: 7/2

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

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.