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Boro vs Norwich Championship Play Off Final 2015 Betting Preview
This Bank Holiday Monday sees the Championship Playoff Final take place at Wembley Stadium, where Middlesbrough and Norwich City will do battle for an extremely lucrative place in the Premier League. Both these sides were in the mix as far as automatic promotion from the Championship was concerned, but it is Middlesbrough who will likely feel most disappointed should they fail to win this game, as they were right there until some indifferent results meant that Boro would be forced to contest the playoffs. Manager Aitor Karanka has done a great job since arriving at the Riverside in November 2013, and when you consider his relative inexperience as a coach, Karanka has done well to get his side within touching distance of promotion.
Having only been relegated from the Premier League just last season, Norwich City are looking to bounce back at the first time of asking, and the club look to have made made a very shrewd appointment with Alex Neil having come in as manager in January. At just 33 years of age, Neil is also very new to management, but has made a cracking start to his career and it will be interesting to see which of the two young coaches come out on top this Monday.
The bookies are struggling to split the two sides, but it’s Norwich who have been priced up as the marginal favourites will William Hill at odds of 6/4. Boro are on offer at 7/4 with the same firm, while the draw can be backed at odds of 21/10.
Having learned his trade under Jose Mourinho as assistant boss at Real Madrid, Aitor Karanka always looked likely to become a head coach before very long. Following Mourinho’s move from Madrid to Chelsea, Karanka was given the opportunity to take up the role as Middlesbrough boss, and the Spaniard has certainly impressed since his arrival eighteen months ago.
With the assistance of English number two Steve Agnew, Karanka has been able to transform Middlesbrough into a serious force in the Championship, and they are now within touching distance of a long awaited return to the Premier League. The days of Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli are fond memories for the Boro fans, and a club of this stature would certainly not be out of place back in England’s elite division.
As far as Norwich City are concerned, the 2014/15 campaign has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. The Canaries started the season in fine fashion under Neil Adams, but a terrible run of form during October and November meant the writing was on the wall as far as Adams’ future was concerned, and the board took the decision to take a chance of young Hamilton boss Alex Neil.
Neil had an immediate impact at Carrow Road, with Norwich putting together a run of five victories in succession during the month of February. A run of one defeat in fifteen games put City right back in the promotion race, and won Neil a a number of new fans in the process. Even if they do fall at the final hurdle, it would be no surprise to see Norwich City gain automatic promotion next season.
With both sides having impressed in their semi final matches, it is difficult to split them coming into this £150m match. I can see this being a very tight affair indeed, and it would be no surprise to see Boro and Norwich level at the ninety minute mark. I feel that’s where the value lies this bank Holiday Monday, and will be taking the 21/10 on offer with William Hill.
Back The Draw at 21/10 with William Hill