While perhaps not as potentially pleasing on the eye as Saturday’s Champions League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona, the most lucrative match in world football takes place on Bank Holiday Monday in the shape of the Championship Playoff Final.
The Wembley showpiece is thought to be worth upwards of £40 million to the winner, and if you’re going to be betting on football this weekend then Reading v Swansea will provide plenty of opportunities.
Brendan Rogers’ Swansea side dispatched a lively Nottingham Forest outfit in the semi finals but will come up against a sterner test in the form of a Reading team who demolished Cardiff 3-0 in their own back yard.
Football betting punters and fans alike will be hoping for goals galore on Monday, but there are conflicting signs that Wembley will witness a goalfest.
Three of the last four finals have ended 1-0 with the exception being Blackpool’s 3-2 triumph over Cardiff in 2010. Swansea also boast an air-tight defence having conceded just 11 goals at home in the league this season.
But with both teams keen to play free-flowing attacking football, there’s every chance we’ll see goals. Scott Sinclair has netted 19 times for the Swans this term and Shane Long has hit 24 goals for the Royals.
Swansea’s defence has also been breached 31 times away from the Liberty Stadium, and a piping hot day at Wembley will do no favours for either set of defenders.
Those banking on goals to make them money should note that Reading’s Ian Harte has found the net on 11 occasions from his left back slot this campaign. So the outside football bet of the weekend could well be to back the Irishman to score first given his dead ball ability from in and around the box.
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