Forest, Cardiff, Leicester and Blackpool go for Premier position

Tags: Football

Published: 13:17 03/05/2010

Four Championship sides will battle it out for a possible £60m and a place in next season's Premier League as the nerve-shredding Play-offs near. Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Blackpool and Leicester City are the quarter who will bid to get into the world's most lucrative division. Forest will play Blackpool in the first semi-final, with David Jones' Cardiff taking on Nigel Pearson's Leicester in the other semi to determine who will face off in the final at Wembley. It is Forest, who finished third in this season's Championship, who are clear favourites to reach the 'promised land'. Manager Billy Davies has previous experience in the Play-offs, after taking Preston North End to the final and semi-finals in 2005 and 2006 respectively. But outsiders Blackpool are a decent bet at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to gain promotion to the Premier League, after an astonishing season which saw them book their place in the Play-offs after Swansea failed to beat Doncaster on Sunday. Eccentric manager Ian "Olly" Holloway has helped to galvanise the seaside club following the departure of Simon Grayson to Leeds, and the former QPR and Plymouth Argyle boss wants his team to savour every moment, claiming Blackpool have "nothing to lose." He said: "We've limped over the line in the end but you could see what it meant to everybody. "I've just said that someone's got to win it, why can't it be Blackpool? "There wouldn't be a better story anywhere. "Whether we are good enough or not we'll have to wait and see, but we're in there. "If I was anyone else, I wouldn't want to be playing us. "That's not to say that we're better than everyone else but we've got nothing to lose." The Coca Cola Championship Play-offs begin with Blackpool v Nottingham Forest on Saturday with kick-off at 12.45pm. Odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

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