Championship Play-Off betting: QPR’s big game players to win it at Wembley

Cut through the hype, the ever-increasing zeroes that follow the pound signs and the apprehension that comes with just what is on offer for the winner, and the Championship Play-Off final can eventually be viewed as just another football match.

And what happens in football matches? The best team usually wins.

For much of the regular season in the Championship, Derby County were a better team than Queens Park Rangers, with the five points that eventually separated them in the table providing proof of that.

But Derby were a side based very much on momentum. Coach Steve McClaren – and it is suitable to call him a coach as opposed to a manager – honed a fine side full of young, exciting players after taking over in September. In other seasons they would have undoubtedly been good enough to go up automatically.

They might have been better than QPR over the course of the season, but in one-on-one situations you have to suspect that it is the Londoners who are superior.

Their squad contains vast experience, multiple international caps and players who, in younger – in some cases leaner – times were transferred for almost as many millions as are on offer for the winner here.

The manner with which Harry Redknapp has amassed a vast squad might not be to the taste of some in the division and beyond, but he brought in these players – Champions League performers, Premier League regulars – for moments such as this. They won’t freeze on the Wembley stage, but there is a chance that Derby will.

That would be a shame for such a talented side, but the suspicion going into this one has to be that Redknapp will find a way to win it, something which makes the fact that QPR are the outsiders here a little odd.

The standout bet looks to be the 2.18 available for the R’s to be lifting the trophy at Wembley by any means necessary, with Unibet’s commitment to providing the best price on both sides to win in 90 minutes ensuring a healthy 3.55 for Redknapp’s men there.

With six of the last seven Championship Play-Off finals being settled by a one-goal margin, QPR are 5.50 to win with under 2.5 goals in the game.


Goalscorer betting

Rangers’ top scorer Charlie Austin got them to Wembley with his two goals in the come-from-behind victory over Wigan in the semi-final second leg, with his ice cool penalty and then close range extra-time finish taking his tally to 20 for the season and proving just how vital he is to his side.

The former Swindon and Burnley forward surely deserves a crack at the top-flight, and his price of 2.48 to score at any time at Wembley looks to be a fairly attractive one.

Niko Kranjcar will be the classiest performer on show and he could tempt at 4.40 any time, whilst the return from injury of midfielder Craig Bryson is crucial for Derby, with the Scot at 4.10 to notch at any point.


Best of the rest

A big game, a global audience and a Premier League place at stake? You can bet that Joey Barton will be up for the battle. The outspoken midfielder is 2.15 to be carded.


Correct score prediction

Derby 1 QPR 2 – 11.50


Best bets

QPR to lift the trophy – 2.18

Charlie Austin to score at any time – 2.48


Unibet are top price on BOTH Derby and QPR to win in 90 minutes