Who should Arsenal root for in the Championship play-off race?

Wolverhampton Wanderers apart, there is plenty to play for at the top end of the Championship tomorrow.

Whilst Wolves are likely to break through the 100 point barrier, The second automatic place is still up for grabs, with Cardiff just a single point ahead of Fulham. The London club have the better goal difference.

To secure promotion, Cardiff just need to equal or better Fulham’s result. Cardiff are at home to Reading, Fulham travel to Birmingham.

Personally, I would prefer Fulham to return to the Premier League. It is always a great away day as Arsenal usually get the entire Putney End, which is usually a mixture of away and “neutral” fans. With it being in London, there is always a great turn-out, and someone is always doing to booze boat from Westminster. At 7/2 it is probably worthwhile sticking in any free bets uk you have on Fulham to go up in the top 2.

The likelihood is, however, that Cardiff will secure promotion – which could lead to two trips to Wales next season.

Cardiff is just not the same since Ninian Park shut down. I went to the old grand back when Arsenal played them in the FA Cup. There was tension in the air. Nowadays it is like Reading, Wigan and other grounds. No atmosphere, surrounded by retail outlets, it is just s bit rubbish. Add in the train line from Paddington to Cardiff being one of the most unreliable, it is not a trip I will be getting too excited about.

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough are already secure in the play off positions.

There is a 3 way shoot out for the last play-off place as 3 points separate Derby in 6th and Millwall in 8th. Sandwiched between are Preston.

Millwall are outsiders. 3 points behind and with a goal difference of 9 worse than Derby, they would need both the Rams and Preston to lose, and turn over that huge goal difference. It is unlikely.

That leaves Derby and Preston.

Both have home games. Derby to 4th bottom Barnsley and Preston to 3rd bottom Burton – both of whom are fighting to stay up. With a 2 point gap and superior goal difference, Derby just need a draw to make the play offs.

Odds are we will see Cardiff joins Wolves in the Premier League next season, and Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby in the play-offs.

Fulham will be my preference to go up, as detailed above.

Derby would be the next choice, it is an easy train journey from London, a ground I have not been before, and walk-able from the station. It is not like many of these new grounds which have been built on a industrial estate on the edge of the town.

Aston Villa would be next. Birmingham is always a good trip. And whilst we are getting Wolves, we losing WBA.

Only one I would be annoyed with is Middlesbrough. It is a horrid train journey and you just know that it is going to be move to a Sunday at late notice pushing up train ticket prices (the other games will be relatively cheap to get too).

Ideally,  I would want Fulham to go through automatic, and Derby in the play-offs. Realistically as Cardiff will go up, I shall be rooting for Fulham in the play offs.

Keenos

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