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First time

We’ve scored first and not won the game.

First time the team top at Xmas hasn’t been promoted?

We seem to like bucking the trend.

Hope I’m wrong but I can see us and Sheff dropping points and the goal difference will separate us.

We might get back in the driving seat on Monday but the next round of games could see it swing back. Home to Ipswich or Villa? I know who I’d prefer.

So it goes to the last game and Ipswich, with nothing to play for, decide that they really want to win one last cup final.

Maybe Revie was correct - the club is cursed.

comment by Stoopo (U4707)

posted on 20/4/19

comment by Promotion 2018 (U6611)
posted 1 minute ago
Good point SKB
Villa might even want to finish 6th so avoiding wba

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I think his point was that beating us would mean they would give Sheff 2nd spot and avoid them that way.

Then they might meet a demoralised Leeds in the final - or a fired up one if we can get there.

posted on 20/4/19

Not sure home leg first is an advantage really.

Both Semi finals we won, we played at home first. And the one we lost we played away first (Millwall). I can't see Villa putting too much thought into it really, they will want to win all 3 of their remaining games and finish as strongly as possible. It is likely they will have an eye on the playoffs and won't be fighting as much as say Wigan did yesterday, whether that affects their performance enough is another matter.

posted on 20/4/19

I reckon Leeds Villa at Wembley would be very close in terms of betting odds, Leeds as slight favs?

If Sheff Utd meet Villa in the final I reckon you'd see Villa as favs to go up.

Are Leeds consistently better in terms of possession than Sheff Utd. Big Wembley pitch, Leeds not the best opposition to face.

I realise it is all very marginal!

posted on 20/4/19

The team that finishes 3rd should be favourites to win the playoffs. 6 times out of the last 11, 3rd has gone up. 3 times it's been 5th and 1 a piece for 4th and 6th.

This Villa team look dangerous but I think it's sort of similiar to the Fulham team from 2016/17. Everyone said they were the best team in the playoffs when they finished 6th because they had their strongest run of form at the end of the season, like Villa are now. But over the season, Leeds/Sheff Utd and West Brom have been better.

I'm going to try to stop thinking about football now, driving myself crazy

posted on 20/4/19

Stoopo I understood that’s why I said good point. I just took it one step further
At this moment I would want to avoid villa and wba and play sheffu
I think Villa would rather avoid us in the play offs rather than sheffu
I just hope we avoid villa and wba in the semis if we don’t get 2nd.

posted on 20/4/19

It makes no difference who we meet, it's all about having the mental steel to win games at an intense and crucial part of the season. Can Bielsa make these players believe enough. The fans have been behind and done their part. If they can't find the way to win from all that possession and chances, then do they really deserve it ?.

comment by Stoopo (U4707)

posted on 20/4/19

comment by Promotion 2018 (U6611)
posted 2 hours, 18 minutes ago
Stoopo I understood that’s why I said good point. I just took it one step further
At this moment I would want to avoid villa and wba and play sheffu
I think Villa would rather avoid us in the play offs rather than sheffu
I just hope we avoid villa and wba in the semis if we don’t get 2nd.
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Villa won’t risk finishing sixth! They will either finish 3rd or 4th and will meet WBA unless us or Sheff completely collapse.

So I think we will either go up in second or end up playing one of Bristol City, Boro or Derby in the semis.

It’s a lottery whoever we play.

posted on 20/4/19

It is possible that villa can guarantee 6th with 2 matches left.
I think that villa and wba will want to avoid each other.
Also possible wba can finish 3rd.
But I agree at the moment it looks like villa will play wba but lots can happen.

posted on 20/4/19


It’s a lottery whoever we play.

No it isn't, it's if you're good enough or not

posted on 20/4/19

We were more than good enough in 1973 and 1975
Sometimes luck is against you
Sometimes cheats prosper etc

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