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In-form Nottingham Forest 11/4 to win Championship play-offs

| 08.05.2011

There was a period in which it looked like Nottingham Forest wouldn’t even make the play-offs after a disastrous springtime spell but they were the best team in the Championship over the final six fixtures, triumphing in five of them.

That was enough to see off the challenge of Leeds for the final berth and as the team that have finished sixth have been promoted in three of the last seven seasons, it’s somewhat surprising that they are 11/4 outsiders to win the play-offs.

Manager Billy Davies has plenty of experience in the end-of-season series having gained promotion through that method with Derby in 2006-07, having lost in the final with Preston 12 months earlier.

As momentum is a huge factor in the play-offs, their fans will be optimistic, while Swansea supporters may rue the fact they leapfrogged rivals Cardiff for third on the final day, earning a semi-final showdown with Forest rather than Reading.

Like Cardiff, the Royals won just one of their final four matches to end the campaign on a downer yet both clubs join Swansea as 5/2 joint-favourites in what is arguably the most competitive ever play-off battle.

In League One, Huddersfield and Peterborough are rated the most likely to go up at 2/1 and the Terriers appear to offer the value having finished eight points clear of Posh and narrowly missed out on second. MK Dons and Bournemouth are 7/2.

Shrewsbury are 9/4 frontrunners in League Two due to the presence of promotion specialist Graham Turner in their dugout and their strong regular season performance. Stevenage are 5/2 meanwhile to climb another division.

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John Klee