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Lawro's Play-off predictions

Mark Lawrenson
By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

THIS WEEK'S PLAY-OFF PREDICTIONS

(All kick-offs are 1500 BST)

Saturday's Championship play-off final

Bristol City 0-1 Hull City

Bristol City v Hull

Verdict: 2-1 to Hull City


Sunday's League One play-off final

Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United

Doncaster v Leeds

Leeds are favourites, I don't think there's a doubt about that.

They've had a good season, and they've had a strange season; deducted 15 points and then their manager Dennis Wise leaving to take up a post with Newcastle.

Gary McAllister took over from Wise and there was a little bit of a slump, but he has got them playing in a different way and now they play more football.

I saw Doncaster's second-leg semi-final play-off match against Southend and they completely tore Southend apart - It was a mauling. If Donny play like that again then Leeds could be in trouble.

Sean O'Driscoll's team play good passing football and that will suit Leeds, who might have a bit too much on the day - but it will be close.

Verdict: 2-0 to Leeds


Monday's League Two play-off final

Stockport County v Rochdale

Stockport v Rochdale

Both these clubs operate on a shoe-string budget. Stockport boss Jim Gannon almost got the job by default but he has done fantastically well.

At that level any good player you have tends to be sold. Glenn Murray left Rochdale for Brighton for 300,000 in January, so you have to beg, steal and borrow for players.

David Perkins is suspended for Rochdale and he will be missed in midfield. These teams carry small squads so if you are without one or two of your best players it doesn't half make a difference.

It's great that these two clubs are going down to Wembley for a game which could be worth a lot of money.

Both sides play good football. The days in the lower leagues when a goalkeeper used to kick it 70-yards to a big centre forward are long gone so it should be an entertaining match.

Verdict: 2-1 to Stockport


Mark Lawrenson was talking to BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis


see also
Hull relish Wembley showdown
22 May 08 |  Hull City
Hull City hit the road to Wembley
22 May 08 |  Hull City
Lansdown praises Johnson impact
22 May 08 |  Bristol City
Johnson urges City to 'believe'
21 May 08 |  Bristol City
Bristol C 2-1 C Palace (agg 4-2)
13 May 08 |  Championship
Hull 4-1 Watford (agg 6-1)
14 May 08 |  Championship
Carlisle 0-2 Leeds (agg 2-3)
15 May 08 |  League One
Yorkshire on the rise
23 May 08 |  League One
Leeds eye 'fantastic achievement'
23 May 08 |  Leeds United
Rovers pair to be fit for final
19 May 08 |  Doncaster
Doncaster 5-1 Southend (Agg 5-1)
16 May 08 |  League One
North-west duo take centre stage
23 May 08 |  League Two
Rochdale 2-1 Darlington (agg 3-3)
17 May 08 |  League Two
Stockport 1-0 Wycombe (agg 2-1)
17 May 08 |  League Two


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