Betting Tips and Previews: English League Football

Ian Holloway takes his Crystal Palace side to face Watford in the Championship Play Off Final. Our tipsters are betting on Palace to win 2-1.

If Palace do win tomorrow, as we predict, the Premier League will be a colourful place once again with Ian Holloway's press conferences.

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Championship Play-Off Final: Crystal Palace Vs Watford

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Monday 27th May 2013: 3pm

Monday night will be a sad one for us here at Howtobet4free HQ; the football season will be well and truly over come the final whistle at Wembley, and we will have to wait a mind-numbing two-and-a-half months until it starts up again. Don't worry though, we'll be dabbling in other sports over the Summer to keep you entertained (and in the money) so watch this space.

We're also a bit stuck for who we want to win on Monday night: both Ian Holloway and Gianfranco Zola are legends and neither would be out of place in the Premiership next season. So we've trawled through the bookies' websites and found you the best bets for your money! Because if your favourite doesn't go up, you might as well win some money to keep you smiling.

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Hornets Vs Eagles might sound like the latest summer blockbuster by the makers of Piranha 3D, but whoever wins this one is likely to get far more money than that film would make anyway. Watford are favourites at 11/8 with Ladbrokes, while Palace are underdogs at 9/4 with a range of bookmakers, including Betfred. The draw is best-priced at 12/5 with Bet365.

We fancy Palace despite their underdog status to be honest. Ian Holloway is a fantastic motivator of men, while Watford will be fielding a substantial amount of loan players who are set to leave in the summer. This might just mean that Watford go into the game less motivated than their Palace counterparts. Palace to win 2-1 is at a hefty 11/1 with BetVictor, and we fancy this.

Super-Kev to the rescue... Surely not again?

As a football fan, you can't help but love Kevin Phillips. The man is nearly 40, but is still knocking in goals like he was in his prime. He's targeted a return to the Premier League with Palace, and that would be the icing on the cake for Super-Kev. SkyBet have Phillips at 12/5 to score anytime, and if Palace need a goal in the last 10 minutes, you know he'll be sniffing around that 6-yard box like a dog on heat in the park.

Soon-to-be-United boy Wilfried Zaha will be a potential goal-threat as well, and at 9/4 with Ladbrokes for Anytime Goalscorer, it may just be sensible to stick something on him.

Watford's Troy Deeney impressed in the semi-final against Leicester, and quite rightly is the favourite for Anytime Goalscorer, at 7/4 with BetVictor. 

Expect cards. But not 'Congratulations' ones!

With so much on the line, it makes sense that there should be a few cards doled out in this one. We've found some nice odds with on Over 4 Cards, something we think you'd be stupid to miss out on. Over 4 Cards is 7/5 with Ladbrokes, and for a fixture with so much on the line, these are very fair (some might say too fair!) odds.

Being such an evenly matched game, with so much on the line, you should expect to see a lot of corners as well. Ladbrokes also have an offer of 23/20 on there being over 11 corners, something that you might want to throw a couple on to boost up the profit.

As always, why use your own money when you can go to our FREE BETS page to bet on this match! Combined with our famous Top Tips below, you're onto a winner (or three)!

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Correct Score:
  Crystal Palace 2-1
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