A short page both previewing and reviewing the nPower Championship. Including transfers, sackings, results, betting tips and the league table.
Play Off Poetry
So the nPower Championship season is reaching a climax, with one side already guaranteed a place in the showpiece Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium. After the dour first leg stalemate at The City Ground, Swansea City won through 3-1 at The Liberty Stadium, overcoming Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest.
To be honest, over the course of the season, I think Swansea deserve promotion more than any of the other teams involved in the Play Offs. They have been solid at the back, creative in midfield and have scored plenty of goals, especially since they acquired Fabio Borini on loan from Chelsea. The silky midfielder slash striker has been a revelation since joining in mid-March, scoring 6 goals in 10 games for Brendan Rodgers' men. I have watched The Swans at close quarters at least twice this season, the first was at Elland Road when my beloved Leeds United managed to grind out a 2-1 win against the Welshmen, who were, to be fair, still gelling after the close season. Despite Leeds coming out on top, I was extremely impressed by Swansea's wide men, Scott Sinclair and Lloyd Dyer, who since then have been a revelation, both creating and scoring goals in their push for promotion to the big time.
However, it still seems to me that the Swans are lacking a true goalscorer. I say this in spite of the fact that the aforementioned Sinclair has scored a prolific 19 league goals this season. Sinclair though, is a winger and his job is more to create goals than put the ball in the onion bag himself. Just think, with a fox in the box in their eleven, Swansea could easily have run away with the league title this year, instead of having to settle for 3rd behind QPR and Norwich. In my opinion, an ideal signing for the Swans, should they gain promotion, would be Rodallega of the probably relegated Wigan, or if they could possibly stump up the cash and persuade Norwich to part with Grant Holt they would score plenty of goals next year in the Premier League.
In terms of the second leg of the play off semi final between Cardiff and Reading, my money would be on a Cardiff win. Despite their poor form at the end of the regular season, with a full house and the chance to meet their bitter rivals at Wembley, I think they could secure a comfortable win.
Verdict - Cardiff City 3-0 Reading.