MY record is four out of four on the Scottish and English play-offs – and I'd love to make it five.

So far I've tipped Ayr United, Albion Rovers, Stevenage and Peterborough for promotion so will it be Swansea or Reading at Wembley on Monday?

It's billed as world football's richest game with anything up to £90million at stake and for that reason it's not always the best side who win.

Swansea are undoubtedly more able than Reading but to bring Welsh football  to the Premier League for the first time  they will have to be nerveless and determined.

The Swans are a best 20-21 with Stan James to win promotion and although it will be close I'm siding with Brendan Rodger's men against the side who sacked him. Reading are a biggest 1-1 with Stan James and bet365 to return to the top flight.

It's so close to call that Paddy Power and William Hill among others 5-6 on both sides to make it.

Swansea should just about manage to get the job done inside 90 minutes and are 17-10 with William Hill to do so with Reading 7-4 at Chandler. The draw pays 23-10 with totesport while sporting bet offer 19-4 on a penalty shoot-out.

I tipped Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie to score in the semi-final success against Nottingham Forest and the Scot has fired in four in his last four games, including one during which he played for just three minutes.

Dobbie is bound to be a threat at Wembley and is 7-1 with Coral to break the deadlock and 12-5 at Skybet to net at any time.

Shane Long was Reading's hero with a double in their semi-final success at Cardiff and will be well supported at 7-1 with Ladbrokes.

Only one team has scored in both the English finals but this one could buck the trend. Look at both to net at 1-1 with William Hill.

With so much at stake it could take a while for the teams to get going so consider Paddy Power's 1-1 on the opener coming after 26 minutes.


  • Swansea to win promotion (20-21, Stan James)
  • Dobbie to score (12-5, Skybet)
  • Both teams to score (1-1, William Hill)
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