MK Dons were beaten by Peterborough in the semi-final, while Huddersfield were defeated in the final by Posh after narrowly triumphing against Bournemouth.
After a long hard season, just a point seperated these two teams and it means that the Terriers have the perceived advantage of playing the away leg first, with Simon Grayson’s side likely to settle for a draw.
After all, 12 of Huddersfield’s 23 away games have finished all square during the regular season and odds of 23/10 (bet365 £200 free bets) look quite appealing that there’s nothing to separate these two teams.
The Dons had a pretty solid home record this season, winning 12 of their matches and scoring an average of two goals per away game although it’s the same ratio that Town managed on the road.
Perhaps this means we are in for a high-scoring encounter and Over 2.5 Goals can be backed at 21/20 with bet365 which looks pretty generous considering we are talking about a pair of attacking teams.
Nevertheless, some will fancy Karl Fletcher’s team to establish a first leg advantage, just as they did 12 months ago against Posh and odds of 13/10 (BetVictor bookmaker) seem pretty generous considering that the Milton Keynes side have won four of their past five matches.
One player that the Dons will have to keep quiet is Jordan Rhodes, who has been unstoppable this season although he has failed to score on either occasion that the two teams have met.
Even so, we are talking about a player who has found the net on 38 occasions this season and that is why he’s available at 5/1 (Betfred) to score the first goal of this encounter, although he has drawn a blank in his last five games.
Rhodes is likely to be signed by another club irrespective of whether Huddersfield make it to the Championship, although his strike rate might be the difference on Saturday and the Terriers are on offer at 12/5 to win this contest.
A third 1-1 draw of the season between the two clubs is on offer at 6/1 (Blue Square) and it’s a scoreline that the bookies are making favourites which is a telltale sign!