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Who will make play-off finals?

Steve Claridge gives his predictions for the Football League play-offs
By Steve Claridge
BBC Sport football pundit

The Football League play-offs start on Friday, with two teams from the Championship, League One and League Two hoping to secure promotion with victory in their divisional final at Wembley.

Steve Claridge, who scored the winning goal for Leicester in the 1996 Championship play-off final and made 1,000 league and cup appearances, gives BBC Sport his verdict on this season's play-offs.


Crystal Palace v Bristol City

Crystal Palace v Bristol City

Verdict: Crystal Palace - but I would not put any money on it.

Watford v Hull City

Watford v Hull City

Verdict: Hull, as they have been in better recent form.


Southend v Doncaster

Southend United v Doncaster Rovers

Verdict: Southend.

Leeds United v Carlisle United

Leeds v Carlisle

Verdict: Leeds United, their crowd could prove to be a real factor.


Darlington v Rochdale

Darlington v Rochdale

Verdict: Rochdale to sneak it as they are in better form

Wycombe v Stockport

Wycombe v Stockport County

Verdict: Wycombe. Scott McGleish is a real threat.

Steve Claridge was talking to BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher.

see also
Freedman targets double promotion
07 May 08 |  Leeds United
Warnock hails biggest achievement
04 May 08 |  Crystal Palace
Carey aims to break play-off jinx
02 May 08 |  Bristol City
Form irrelevant now - Boothroyd
04 May 08 |  Championship
Hull 'favourites' against Watford
04 May 08 |  Championship
Experience will help us - Barrett
06 May 08 |  Southend Utd
League One last day lowdown
01 May 08 |  League One
Fans can make a difference - Ward
06 May 08 |  Carlisle United
Penney unfazed by play-off rivals
02 May 08 |  Darlington
Hill spurns talk of 'derby' final
07 May 08 |  Rochdale
Form means nothing, says Gannon
07 May 08 |  Stockport

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