“The richest prize in football” awaits this season’s lucky entrants, as Brentford, Bournemouth, Barnsley and Swansea City slug it out for promotion to the Premier League.
It’s been a longer wait for some than others.
Brentford’s Bees have never played in the Premier League, whereas Bournemouth’s Cherries are looking to spring back into the top flight after less than a year away.
Swansea last competed in the top tier back in the 2017-18 season, whereas Barnsley have to look back to 1998 for those fond memories.
So, we’ve got a cracking couple of semi-finals and a final at the end of May to look forward to – who will be joining Norwich City and Watford in the Promised Land?
Check out the odds below…
Brentford – 6/4
It’s a case of second time lucky for Thomas Frank’s Brentford.
The Bees endured Wembley heartbreak last summer as Fulham pipped them in the play-off final, but with another solid campaign under their belts, the west Londoners are ready for take two.
Ivan Toney has been a massive reason why Brentford have remained competitive this season.
Toney broke Glenn Murray’s record for the most goals scored in a Championship season when he scored his 31st of the season in Brentford’s 3-1 win against Bristol City at the weekend, carrying on his incredible season.
Brentford face Bournemouth over two legs for a spot in another play-off final.
Bournemouth – 23/10
The Cherries have blown hot and cold all season, but after winning six of their seven Championship matches in April, Jonathan Woodgate saw his side secure of a play-off spot.
Bournemouth have managed to keep hold of a lot of their talent after dropping down from the Premier League last season, with Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser’s moves to Newcastle the most notable losses of personnel.
Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld have led the way for the south coast side bagging 15 each in the Championship, and both will need to be fit and firing if Bournemouth are to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Bournemouth take on Brentford in the semi-finals of the play-offs – a side they have lost to twice already this season.
Barnsley – 7/2
Barnsley are a real surprise package in this season’s play-offs considering their yo-yoing between the Championship and League One over the last few seasons.
Valérien Ismaël has got the Tykes playing some beautiful football at Oakwell, winning half their matches over a memorable season.
Captain Cauley Woodrow has been their closest thing to a prolific goalscorer this season.
The 26-year-old has netted 12 in the Championship, but having only scored one in his last nine will be eager to get back on the scoresheet against Swansea City in their play-off semi-final.
Swansea City – 9/2
After a fast start to the season, the Swans have somewhat swam out of form towards the end of the season.
The Welsh outfit finished fourth in the Championship, but with only three wins across their final eleven matches, manager Steve Cooper will be concerned by their lack of form.
Swansea beat their semi-final opponents Barnsley twice this season – both by a 2-0 margin – and will hope history is on their side as opposed to recent form.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.