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Andy Fincher (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 09:27
I would like it to be Fulham that win the play-offs. They have played the best football of the four clubs involved and in finishing third they were the best team over the season. Coming so close to automatic promotion and losing out may affect them though and they did fold in the last match against Birmingham. They were also favourites for last season's play-offs but lost out to Reading in the semi-final.
I reckon it will be Middlesbrough. They seem to be coming in to form having lost only two of their last 14 matches and won tricky games on the run-in against Bristol City, away at Derby and against Millwall.

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Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 15:52
I also have a sneaking suspicion that Boro could do it Andy and have said so on here before. I wouldn't be upset with Fulham getting it - more upset that they couldn't stop Cardiff getting the automatic spot!! I don't think Villa deserve it or are ready for the Premier League, and Derby have struggled to stay in the top six. The play-off themselves should be worth watching.

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oldngold (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 17:16
Fulham should have no problems with Derby.

And at Wembley I think Fulham's class will be too much for either Boro or Villa.

Villa really need to go up this season the cannot afford another season in the Championship as their team will start to break up.

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irishwolf (IP Logged)
11 May, 2018 17:24
I said on another post that I am leaning towards Fulham on the basis of their firepower up front.
However, it is very difficult to call.
Derby are impressive on their day but are very inconsistent.
Villa have stumbled towards the play offs and
Boro will be hard to beat under Pulis.

The play offs are always great viewing, including League one and two.

PS I still cant believe Fulham blew it against Birmingham!!

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Julius Cesar Wolf (IP Logged)
15 May, 2018 09:09
Fulham got through okay in the end,allthough Weimann had a decent chance to head it into extratime.

Villa should be able to advance as well,given their 1-0 win away.

I fancy Shrews to advance to the Championship.Don´t have the time for either Irons or Rotherham.

I think Exeter might be competent enough to advance to League One..or division Three as I want to brand it.

Glad to see Tranmere Rovers back.They belong in the top four divisions.

Not happy to see Spireites drop out.Hopefully they´ll return soon.
Anyone remember their cup run back in the days?

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an angry wolf (IP Logged)
16 May, 2018 12:41
yes 1997 wasnt it where they reached the semi, seems like yesterday

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chicagowolf (IP Logged)
16 May, 2018 16:09
Fulham v. Villa. That I will watch; might even be a good match, and on form Villa have their work cut out.
My dad took me to the Mol when I was a boy, and I have never quite escaped the warm glow.

However my life has been plagued with Villa supporters, irritating varmints. My ex Father In Law made my life miserable back in the seventies when Wolves were relegated (one of his gleeful references to a previous Wolves manager was "Chung For The Chop"). And now the wheel has turned once more. In July, in Stafford, my first born, my baby, my little girl is getting married to a Villa season-ticket holder (he is from Brum and they met in that footballing nuclear wasteland West Bromwich).

I suppose that I should root for Villa, but it will be with a heavy heart. Anyway if Villa win I can throw it into my wedding speech without seeming to crow; too much.

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Julius Cesar Wolf (IP Logged)
18 May, 2018 17:39
Hehe Chicago,there is pros and cons to almost everything in life...almost.

I´ll be rooting for Fulham.They plays the better football and besides,I´d like to see just how Villa will manage their rather tricky situation if not being promoted to the Greed League.

I also like for Wolves to be top in West Midlands for a long time,so have no time for either Villa or baggies(I´m not local though,so far from hating them or anything like that).

Notts County vs Coventry tonight...I will be glad if County prevails.
Last time I watched a game involving Coventry..Neill Collins scored in the dying seconds of the match.It was a good day.

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Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
19 May, 2018 09:23
On balance, I’ll go for Villa. Midlands over London every time really! My old uncle would approve, my only non Wolves / Albion relative.

Great also about Exeter City. Fingers crossed for them, I think that final v Coventry could be very good and the Sky Blues fans could swell the attendance close to a record for that fixture.

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Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
22 May, 2018 20:45
Got to be worth a watch on Saturday - the Play-off Final, followed by the Champions League Final!! Get the beer in!!

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irishwolf (IP Logged)
26 May, 2018 21:57
Villa set up with 11 men behind the ball from the off. Looking for a 1-0 smash and grab job.
Showed no ambition until Fulham went down to 10 men.
Steve Bruce is another Championship manager - thats his level!
Anyway, Fulham were the better team - both today and over the course of the season!
@#$%& on the Villa!

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Cheshire wolf (IP Logged)
27 May, 2018 09:34
On balance Villa scored once in three matches, so didn't deserve promotion.

Also looking at their team, they are an old team!! Elmohammedy, Terry, Hutton, Jedinak, Adomah, etc. Only really Grealish in the team who resembles youth. I know they had younger players on the bench, but it doesn't smack of a team ready for the Prem.

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chicagowolf (IP Logged)
27 May, 2018 14:44
Fulham were clearly better. The goal was nice but Villa might have had it better covered. The whole team seemed mostly to lack confidence, and Peaky Blinder Grealish might find that his “draw a foul, fall over” trick won’t work quite so well after some premier league club draws him away (no chance he will be at AV August, Steve).
They should have done better after the send off.

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Ivybridge Wolf (IP Logged)
28 May, 2018 09:30
Much better in the second half, even before the sending off, but second best overall, awful in the first half. Fulham deserved it and to be honest the best 3 sides in the division were promoted. Footballing justice perhaps, though I’d still rather Villa had gone up.

All eyes on the Grecians today!

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Lupinehowler (IP Logged)
28 May, 2018 10:29
Think you are right Ivy, the cream rose to the top.

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