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Nottingham Forest can get point needed to confirm play-off spot

| 06.05.2011

The final play-off place is still up for grabs in the Championship and Nottingham Forest can ensure they finish in this position if they continue their fine recent record in away games with Crystal Palace.

Avoiding defeat at Selhurst Park would guarantee Nottingham Forest a play-off berth and they have not lost in five of their last six away meetings with Crystal Palace.

Nottingham Forest head into the encounter on a three-game winning run and are 10/11 in the Championship odds to beat Palace, while it is 13/5 that they claim the point they need to solidify their position in the top six.

However, Crystal Palace have only lost once at home since October and are 11/4 to secure a victory that would keep alive Leeds’ hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Cardiff, Swansea and Reading are the three teams already assured a spot in the play-offs but will want to end the regular seasons with wins to ensure they have some momentum.

Third-placed Cardiff have the hardest fixture as they travel to a Burnley team who tend to be pretty strong on their own patch.

Meanwhile, Swansea have more than a winnable home game with Derby, while Reading are also at home to Sheffield United, who are already relegated.

Cardiff have failed to win any of their last nine away games with Burnley since 1960 and are 9/5 to end this run.

Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven home games, which includes five victories, and 8/15 seems a fair price that they will beat Sheffield United, who have already lost 14 times on the road this season.

Reading’s form has deteriorated of late as they have failed to win in three matches, but they remain odds-on at 8/13 to beat Derby.

But this may be worth opposing, given that Derby have a respectable record away from home against the division’s top clubs.

A £30 stake on Reading and Derby drawing 1-1 would return £165. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.