THE world's richest game takes place on Saturday with Derby facing QPR for the right to play in the Premier League next season.
As much as £120million is said to be at stake so it's not a game for the fainthearted.
Derby would be popular winners of the Championship play-off final today after thrilling punters all season with their gung-ho style of play.
Steve McClaren’s side were convincing winners against Brighton in the semis while QPR needed extra time to edge past Wigan. Harry Redknapp’s men, famously paid more than the Atletico Madrid squad that will grace the Champions League Final hours later, aren’t as kind on the eye but a little more nous about them with all but Charlie Austin having experience of the top flight.
QPR also possess a serious goal threat in the shape of Austin and to triumph Derby will need to keep him quiet.
It’s the richest game in the world and at the end of it I reckon McClaren will be laughing all the way to the bank of the Premier League.
According to easyodds.com the side finishing third in the table have been promoted most times (9) since the play-offs were introduced in 1989.
County are 8-11 at McBookie and BetVictor to make it 10 while the side coming fourth has been promoted on the fewest occasions (4) – and that could be bad news for QPR who are 11-10 at McBookie and BetVictor.
To win in 90 minutes County are a best 11-8 with bet365 and QPR are 23-10 with the draw 9-4.
Scotland new boy Chris Martin has netted six times in his last seven games and is 7-4 at bet365 to net and 5-1 to break the deadlock.
But Derby have strength in depth and much-admired stars Will Hughes and Patrick Bamford aren’t even guaranteed starters.
Three of the last four finals have gone over 2.5 goals and this has the potential to do so. That pays 4-6 with Ladbrokes.
Martin to score
Austin to score