Sixth-placed Championship side Fulham are favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League after the West London club all-but secured their place in the play-offs following a 1-1 draw with Brentford at Craven Cottage on Saturday, according to the bookmakers.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side currently sit three points ahead of seventh-placed Leeds United with one fixture remaining, after the Yorkshire outfit could only rescue a 3-3 draw following a first-half collapse at home to Norwich City.
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Bookmakers Sky Bet price the Cottagers at 7/4, whilst Huddersfield Town are 9/4, Sheffield Wednesday 11/4 and surprising outsiders Reading currently sit at 5/1.
Fulham have collected 13 points from the last possible 18, including a 4-1 win over fellow promotion challengers the Terriers, whereas David Wagner’s overachievers have amassed seven points from their last six games.
The play-off winners of the past are known for entering the nail-biting road to Wembley Stadium with momentum and Carlos Carvalhal’s Owls are the in-form team of the Championship – securing six consecutive wins including a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.
Third-placed Reading are to spend another season in England’s second tier if the odds are correct, even though they will have the favourable home semi-final second leg.
Jaap Stam’s men have proved resilient throughout this campaign, however have suffered from freak inconsistency – no more so than their 7-1 capitulation to Norwich last month.
The play-offs are sure to be another exciting affair with the promise of top-flight football alongside Europe’s elite on offer – maybe one reason that this term’s entertainers Fulham are favourites to return in the world’s most-expensive game on May 29.