Play-off round up, and no Forest news at all!

The playoffs are well and truly underway, with the first leg of the Championship and League One semi finals completed.  The outcome of these games obviously determines who will be joining us from beneath, and who will be departing us to the top flight.  Much like last season, I quite like the detached air with which I can view the play-offs!

All four games are still pretty close at the half way stage – Sheffield United and Preston are currently level, 1-1 was how the game finished at Deepdale on Friday.  Burnley beat Reading with a late penalty today, with Bikey having a gigantic hissy fit having been sent off, so 1-0 was the final score at Turf Moor.  So at ‘half time’ only Burnley have an advantage.

In League One Scunthorpe and MK Dons played out a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park on Friday, whilst today former Reds striker Neil Harris came off the bench for the injured price and snagged the only goal of the game to give the Lions a 1-0 lead to take to Elland Road next week.  Although there was controversy as Millwall fans invaded the pitch and are reported to have hit Leeds ‘keeper Ankergren with missles.

It all seems rather too close to predict – given Reading’s recent home form I would chance my arm to predict Burnley reaching the final of the Championship play-offs, and I think the Blades might just have too much at home for Preston.  So a Burnley verses Sheffield United final, I’m predicting.  As for who will win that, well, who knows?

In League One it’s even more difficult to predict – is a solitary goal enough to take to a hostile Elland Road? Well, it rather depends which Leeds turns up.  I am far too ignorant as to the relative merits of Scunthorpe or MK Dons in all honesty – although the Dons finished 11 points ahead of Scunny, so on that rather simplistic basis I’ll predict a win for the franchised team, meeting Millwall in the final, who will weather the storm at Elland Road.

So if you fancy a bet, go and bet on the opposite of what I just predicted!