Championship Play-Off Odds: Leeds edge ahead as favourites

Leeds have edged narrowly ahead of Southampton in the betting for the Championship play-offs after a pair of goalless draws in the first legs of the semi-finals.

Daniel Farke’s side are now favourites to be promoted via the play-offs despite a late season collapse that cost them the automatic places, with Southampton slipping into second having been considered to be best placed before the first legs.

Leeds took a 0-0 draw from Norwich on Sunday and now return to Elland Road for the chance to book a date at Wembley on Sunday 26 May, while Southampton must get past West Brom after another away draw.


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Championship Play-Off Odds

Here is a look at the best odds on the market for each side, with Leeds just edging ahead as favourites.

TeamShortest OddsBrand
West Brom9/210bet, betfair, Bet Goodwin
Norwich5/110bet, Paddy Power

Leeds are now just ahead of Southampton in the odds, but it is expected to be very tight between the two sides should they book a meeting at Wembley as is predicted after the opening results.

West Brom and Norwich are clearly third and fourth in the running having finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Championship Play-Off Fixtures

Here are the four semi final fixtures, with dates and kick off times listed.

FixtureDate & Time
Leeds vs Norwich - second legThursday 16 May, 8pm
Southampton vs West Brom - second legFriday 17 May, 8pm
FinalSunday 26 May, TBD

Southampton Promotion Odds

None of the sides heading into these play-off matches are exactly in good form, and you’d argue that Southampton should be marginal favourites because of the win at Elland Road on the final day and because Leeds’ form has been that bad.

They are clearly a good side - no side goes unbeaten for 25 games in a season without being a good team - but they have already shown on two occasions this season that when the pressure is on them, they don’t exactly deal with it well.

Russell Martin has done a good job in what could have been difficult circumstances, but his emotions tend to get the better of him on the touchline and in high-pressured environments such as these, will that be a good thing?

They are unbeaten against the other three sides which will give them confidence and in West Brom probably have the team they would want to face first up.

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Leeds Promotion Odds

About six weeks ago it appeared certain that Leeds would go up via the top two, having beaten Leicester 3-1 to help claw back a 17-point deficit from the Foxes and they even went top during the last international break.

Since then however, Leeds have won just two of their eight matches - they haven’t been the only ones to choke with the pressure on - and most alarmingly of all, they look bereft of ideas and confidence.

What was a water-tight defence earlier in 2024 had conceded nine goals in their last three before the first leg and the exciting attack they once had is barely functioning.

The return of Patrick Bamford and Dan James should help them against Norwich, and Daniel Farke will be hoping the Leeds side who has shown themselves to be the third best side in the league this season will prove more than enough for rivals - though they have failed to beat either West Brom or Southampton this season.

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Leeds to win the play-offs

Championship Play-Off Odds

Norwich Promotion Odds

Norwich held off the advances of teams around them to secure the final play-off spot, and had been heading into the final round of games in good form until a minor blip towards the end.

Like Leeds and Southampton, they head into the play-offs down on confidence having lost to Birmingham on the final day and draw at home to Bristol City and Swansea before that, making it three without a win.

They rely heavily on their home form and those two draws may hurt them, especially with their away form being pretty poor all season.

The Canaries will fancy their chances of getting at Leeds in the first of the play-offs, but they are likely to play a style of football that should suit the Peacocks and with two defeats to them already this season, are clearly up against it.

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Norwich to be promoted

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West Brom Promotion Odds

Last but by no means least, we have West Brom as the outsiders for promotion via the play-offs.

Carlos Corberan has turned them into a function, rather than thrilling, Championship side but they have been in the top six pretty much all season and deserve their place there despite threatening to be hauled in by the chasing pack.

Again, they are another side who tailed off significantly in the final weeks with just two wins in their last eight - they lost three on the bounce to Sunderland, Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday before beating Preston on the final day - which means no one will be full of confidence heading into these fixtures.

What counts against them is their two losses this season against Southampton. They are unbeaten against Leeds and won one, lost one against Norwich so if they can get past Saints in their semi-final, they will fancy their chances at Wembley in a one-off fixture.

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