Championship Playoff: Cole faces yellow peril…

Wembley sees the ‘richest game in football’ this afternoon, as Derby take on Aston Villa in the Championship Playoff to determine who enters the promised land of the Premier League and the vast wealth that accompany this.

Villa are the clear favourites having dispatched Derby 7-0 on aggregate in the two league matches this season. That said, Leeds held a similar advantage over Derby in the semifinal but that didn’t help!

We haven’t been following the Championship closely enough to take a stance about today’s winner, but one bet does stand out.

Ashley Cole has been one of the best left backs this country has produced in the last twenty years or so, but he is now a lot nearer 40 than 30. He starts today’s game because of the sending off of Derby’s regular left back Scott Malone in the semifinal, and will have to cope with nippy younger forwards buzzing around him throughout the match. His experience could get him out of some trouble, but we think the 100/30 on offer that he is booked offers value.

Recommendations: Cole to be booked, 1 pt, at 100/30, BoyleSports

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