Huddersfield have reached the League One play-off final for the second season running, having lost to Peterborough at Old Trafford twelve months ago and it was that failure allied to a mixed start this season that led to the sacking of Lee Clark.
Simon Grayson is now tasked with taking the Terriers up a level, just as he did with Blackpool before leaving for Leeds where he accomplished the same thing. His team are 9/5 (Blue Square free bets) to claim victory in normal time and a place in the Championship.
Sheffield United have had to deal with the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion at the expense of arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday, although the Blades are now a game away from renewing their derby clashes with the Owls next term.
Danny Wilson would dearly love to restore the club back to the second flight at the first time of asking and United are 17/10 (BetVictor bookmaker) to claim the spoils at Wembley, having narrowly beaten Stevenage on aggregate to book their final spot.
Huddersfield achieved a more comfortable passage to this grand finale thanks to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons and their 2-1 reverse in the second leg makes the tie look closer than it actually was, with their opponents scoring at the death to reduce the arrears.
In both legs, Jordan Rhodes got his name on the scoresheet, much in the same way that he’s done all season and the former Ipswich striker might be leaving the Galpharm this summer irrespective of Saturday’s result.
Victory for Town would give the west Yorkshire club an outside chance of keeping their prize asset next term and there would also be the small matter of two league games against Leeds United which hasn’t happened for quite some time!
Rhodes is a 4/1 chance (Paddy Power £200 free bets) to score the first goal of this game and there is no danger of him not being selected as was the case under Clark last season. He can also be backed at 11/10 to find the net at any stage of the game.
Richard Cresswell has bags of experience and perhaps represents the Blades’ best chance of finding the net, although United did struggle to break down a defensive Stevenage team over two legs.
The bookies can’t split the teams when it comes to the odds on either side getting promotion and the best odds about Sheffield United is 10/11 while Huddersfield are an even money shout. William Hill offer 11/1 about either side winning on penalties – it might just happen.