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Form can count for Huddersfield and Southend in play-off quest

| 09.05.2012

Yorkshire representation is abundant in the League One playoffs this year, as Huddersfield aim to justify a 5/2 price for promotion to the Championship, thus bettering 13/8 favourites Sheffield United.

Huddersfield have experienced a bizarre campaign, with Lee Clark’s shock sacking sparking a run of indifferent form under former Leeds boss Simon Grayson, whose February appointment raised eyebrows.

Better form has been evident of late however, with Town going unbeaten in three matches heading into the playoffs, where they will first travel to MK Dons, who are 11/4 to win the playoffs, on Saturday.

It is worth noting that the Terriers have not lost in their past eight meetings against the Dons, and an extension of that run would see them primed for a second Wembley trip in as many years.

Elsewhere, favourites Sheffield United will meet Stevenage, whose 4/1 odds indicate that they should struggle to get past the league’s third place finishers.

However, the Blades have been somewhat blunt of late, and enter the playoffs without a win in three.

In League Two, the favourites appear to have a better chance, as 4th placed Southend look to reward their backers at 11/5.

They meet a Crewe side unbeaten in 16 games, though it should be noted that Southend were the last team to achieve success over Steve Davis’ men.

Paul Sturrock’s side also completed a league double over the Railwaymen, who are 3/1 for playoff success, and will fancy their chances of another win en route to Wembley.

Torquay will meet Cheltenham in the other playoff tie, as the 5/2 Gulls aim to end five game winless streak to have a chance of progression.

Cheltenham, by contrast, finished the season in impressive fashion, and three wins from their last four games will see them gain some support as 13/5 chances for playoff success.



John Klee