BIRMINGHAM did well to hold an impressive Blackpool side to one goal last week and there is every chance of them overturning the deficit tonight.

Chris Hughton's men finished the season strongly, particularly at home, and Blackpool may pay the penalty for missing chances.

Any one-goal Brum win will force extra time in this Championship play-off semi-final second leg and that's my call.

Birmingham are a biggest 10-11 with William Hill and Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes with Blackpool 10-3 at bet365 and Ladbrokes. If it goes to extra time it's anyone's guess as to who qualifies and Blackpool are 8-13 at William Hill with City 11-8 at bet365.

In Scotland we have the semi-finals of the SFL play-offs and best bets could be Elgin at home to Albion Rovers. Elgin finished the season strongly with a fine 3-1 win at Queen's Park while Rovers missed out on a chance to survive by losing at home to relegated Stirling.

Elgin have won 11 at home this season and have netted eight in their last three matches while conceding in their last seven. They are a best x-x with blah to carve out a first-leg lead.

The First Division play-off sees Ayr United travel to Airdrie and I fancy the Somerset Park men. Ayr reached the semi-finals of the League Cup and had a decent season in a tough league despite being part-time.

Airdrie are boosted by the return of top scorer Ryan Donnelly amd skipper Paul Lovering but Ayr could be too good. They are 7-5 at Ladbrokes.

Dumbarton face Arbroath in the Div Two play-off with the four regular season games between the sides producing 21 goals. It was 4-3 Arbroath and 3-2 Dumbarton at the Strathclyde Homes Stadium I can see this being a score draw with Arbroath probably winning at home. They are 8-13 at BetVictor to qualify.

Finally, Stranraer face a side they must have wished they'd seen their back off. Queen's Park have won all four of the clubs' meetings this season and must fancy five in row against a side that's lost five in a row. Queen's are 7-4 at Ladbrokes to win tonight and 4-6 with BetVictor to qualify.

All season there have been goals galore in the SFL and I don't think you'll be too far away if you backed both teams to score in all four ties. The fourfold pays a best £64.10 to a £10 stake at William Hill while adding the Europa League Final take sit £109.



(10-11, William Hill, Paddy Power)


(7-4, Ladbrokes)

Arbroath to qualify

(8-11, BetVictor)

Queen's Park

(7-4, Ladbrokes)

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  1. RPB 12 years ago

    Good morning- not properly been through the games but why not a BTTS in all SFL games plus Europa Final. Would perm that too. Like you say it’s not a exact science but yay or nay?

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Honestly, why not? I didn’t put up a btts line due to shortage of games but I’d be tempted to do the four and add in the final. Perm them four from five. SFL fourfold pays £64.10 to a £10 stake at Hills and £109 for the fivefold.

  2. James Hanly 12 years ago

    Elgin @6/4 Bet365

  3. Sways bet of the day 12 years ago

    Really fancy Ayr for the win today

  4. lewis 12 years ago

    Paul, i take it away goals fo not count in the championship play off? Pens might b a shout

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Lewis, away goals don’t count as you say. Pens definitely a chance.

  5. craig alves 12 years ago

    away gls dont count in playoffs lewis.
    1-1 and 2-2 for me tonight. want to see blackpool go back up to prem league although will be some season for brum if they can sneak thro considering the ammount of gamed theyve played. can see chris hughton leaving brum if they dont go up, 9/2 for him at west brom next season wi betvictor and only 6/5 at skybet

  6. Peter Brown 12 years ago

    Paul do u fancy airdrie v Ayr Btts? Was going to do all 6 games tonight!

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Peter, as I’ve said I’m going to take them all and perm them with maybe Elgin v Albion Rovers the one I doubt most. But remember first legs can be cagey. Airdrie v Ayr and Dumbarton v Arbroath should have goals and I’d expect Stranraer v Queen’s Park to produce as well.

  7. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Couple of doubles tonight. Over 2.5 in euro final doubled with btts in play off. Dont like goin against your tips mr f but fancy madrid @ 7/5 doubled with marlon king to outscore dobbie @ 9/4. Good luck peeps :)

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Joe, it’s just my opinion, you should always go with your own gut feeling. I think it’s a tough call tonight and I’ve only picked Athletic because I’ve been impressed with them all the way through the tournament. I wouldn’t write off Atletico at all.

  8. Dave 12 years ago

    Put blackpool and birmingham both to win in extra time and on pens.done the same for euro final and half time blackpool full time birmingham reverse with the same again in euro final.12 selections in total and placed on doubles.worth it for a bit of fun

  9. James Coyle 12 years ago

    Hi Paul. I’ve done a double on Arbroath 4/5 to qualify and Queens Park 10/11 to qualify. Both are good value prices with so take the value while you can. Best of luck mate.

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      James, got to agree with you. Meant to put something on first scorers but ran out of time. have all the SFL games prices up and I was looking at Dargo of Dumbarton or Doris of Arbroath, maybe Roberts for Ayr and Longworth for Queen’s Park.

  10. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Got my btts upbat birmingham so just need a goal in euro final from anyone to get my double up.

  11. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Nice one diego!!

  12. craig alves 12 years ago

    2-2 yass, 10/1. got some £ back from daft bet on st etienne on monday. thought brum were gonna get a winner

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