The Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs first leg preview

It is probably the most great time of the year!


Barnsley v Swansea City

The last time Barnsley beat Swansea was 17 matches in the past in November 1983. Billy Joel was No 1 with ‘Uptown Lady’ whereas Bryan Robson scored twice for England in a 4-0 win in Luxembourg. A pair of 2-0 Swansea victories this season don’t augur well for the Tykes both, however this can be a Barnsley side which cares little for reputations or data. Valerien Ismael’s side have received 13 of their past 19 video games. Steve Cooper’s males could also be in poorer type, however having lost within the semi-finals last season, they are going to be decided to go at the very least one stage additional.


AFC Bournemouth v Brentford

Trepidation time arrives for Brentford supporters given the truth that their team has by no means emerged victorious from the EFL Play-Offs in 9 earlier makes an attempt. No membership within the Sky Bet EFL has a worse file, however at the very least Thomas Frank’s side has latest expertise from which to study, having reached the delayed 2020 final. They’ll additionally gain confidence from finishing the league double over Bournemouth this season. In the meantime, the Cherries will hope to take a primary leg lead by rekindling the hearth that impressed a springtime seven-game winning run through which they scored 21 goals.




Lincoln City v Sunderland AFC

Traditionally, the Play-Offs haven’t been form to both of those sides. Between them, they’ve made 11 appearances, reached just 5 finals and received not a single one. Don’t let that idiot you into pondering they wrestle with knockout football, nonetheless. Lincoln lifted the EFL Trophy at Wembley in 2018 and Sunderland adopted them this season, having overwhelmed Lincoln on penalties within the semi-finals following a 1-1 draw. This tie guarantees to be just as tight, so can both team eke out a treasured first leg benefit at Sincil Financial institution?


Oxford United v Blackpool

Having vaulted into the Play-Offs on the final day of the regular season, Oxford United will carry with them the momentum that’s thought of so treasured at this time of year. They are going to want all of it. Last season’s journey to Wembley was their first expertise of the end-of-season jamboree. By distinction, Blackpool have history on their side. In eight Play-Off appearances, they’ve made it to Wembley seven occasions and received 5 of these finals, the outright file. Tangerines boss Neil Critchley is aware of the past counts for nothing, although.



Newport County v Forest Inexperienced Rovers

Happy travels, anybody? Newport and Forest Inexperienced have solely met seven occasions earlier than within the Sky Bet EFL, however not as soon as has the home side managed to win. The 49-mile journey between their grounds might be one issue, whereas either side have been famend for his or her counter-attacking play. It points to a tie that won’t be determined till the second leg within the Cotswolds. Each side might be aware of Wembley ought to they make it. Within the past ten seasons, Forest Inexperienced have played there twice, Newport on 4 events.


Tranmere Rovers v Morecambe

May changing manager Keith Hill with Ian Dawes on the eve of the Play-Offs be the stroke of genius that evokes Tranmere to repeat their success of two seasons in the past? Dawes will look to fit-again veteran striker James Vaughan to encourage an attack that has discovered the net just 4 occasions in its past 9 video games. Morecambe, on the opposite hand, have scored 15 goals in six video games and are taking part in with a freedom the reflects their standing as shock contenders. Of their earlier 5 seasons, Morecambe finished no larger than 18th in Sky Bet League Two.


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