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- A lucrative place in the EPL is at stake at Wembley Stadium at 11:30 am ET on Sunday
- Nottingham is favored for a return to England’s top flight after a 23-year absence
- See all odds & best bets for Huddersfield vs Nottingham EFL Championship playoff final
A coveted place in England’s Premier League awaits the winner of Huddersfield vs Nottingham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The EFL Championship play-off final is often described as the richest game in football as it offers a pathway to the wealth and rewards of the sport’s most popular top-flight competition.
The showpiece meeting this weekend of Huddersfield vs Nottingham is no exception.
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Odds
Odds as of May 28 at Barstool Sportsbook
Nottingham – twice a European Cup winner in 1979 and 1980 – is seeking a return to the EPL after a 23-year absence.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield does not have such a storied history – at least recently – but is attempting to return after it spent two seasons in the EPL between 2017 and 2019.
Huddersfield finished in third place in the Championship while Nottingham was fourth.
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Prediction
At Barstool Sportsbook, Nottingham is the favorite for a win at +114.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, is at +260 with the draw after 90 minutes at +215.
🗣 “Everybody’s very excited!”#htafc | #TerrierSpirit
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) May 27, 2022
The kick-off for Huddersfield vs Nottingham in London is at 11:30 am ET.
With so much at stake, this fixture is often one of the most dramatic, tense and convulsive occasions in the English season.
Over/Under & Spread
Therefore, the Total Goals Prop Offer of +360 for there to be at least four goals looks attractive (Ov 3.5).
Meanwhile, the +360 spread offer for Nottingham to win by two goals or more is also compelling at +360 (Asian Handicap -1.5.)
The clash of Huddersfield versus Nottingham is all the more extraordinary because neither team seemed to have the slightest hope of winning promotion during the first half of the campaign.
Indeed, Nottingham occupied the bottom place in the table at one point.
Its transformation was due to the appointment as coach of Steve Cooper, who has become one of the most highly regarded managers in England.
🗣 “We knew before the semi-finals that it would be a chance to get Nottingham Forest to Wembley and how important that would be.
“We go there with a mindset to win another game, there’s no doubt about that.”
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) May 27, 2022
Since his first game in charge on September 25, Nottingham has accrued no fewer than 76 points from 38 games.
During that period, the team lost fewer games than Fulham and Bournemouth – the teams which won automatic promotion ahead of the play-off collision of Huddersfield vs Nottingham.
A similar streak under coach Carlos Corberan secured Huddersfield a place in the play-offs.
In 11th place on December 3, the team went on a 17-match unbeaten sequence to climb up the table.
It lost just twice in its last 28 regular-season games.
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Statistics
*Statistics from EFL Championship 2021-22 incl playoff semifinals.
The playoff semifinals, however, are usually dramatic.
Again, this season was no exception before the final line-up of Huddersfield vs Nottingham was decided.
Nottingham won 2-1 in its away first leg semi-final at Sheffield United.
Michael Dawson: Cooper has worked wonders to get Forest one game from Prem https://t.co/rE1rrh0tzf
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) May 28, 2022
But Sheffield was then a 2-1 winner at Nottingham’s City Ground.
Copper’s team eventually prevailed by winning 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield drew 1-1 in its semi-final first leg at Luton Town.
It then progressed to Huddersfield vs Nottingham at Wembley with a 1-0 win at home.
Brennan Johnson To Score Odds
Huddersfield is confident 14-goal leading scorer Danny Ward will be fit for the game after he went off injured in the second leg against Luton.
If not Jordan Rhodes, scorer of the 82nd-minute second leg winner against Luton will lead the line.
Ward is the most favored Huddersfield player to get on the scoresheet at +260.
Wales starlet Brennan Johnson tipped to join Premier League big six club https://t.co/lCPpqPs09m
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) May 25, 2022
However, there are three Nottingham players ahead of him in the betting.
Sam Surridge has eight goals this season and is priced at +185.
Furthermore, Keinan Davis – with five goals is at +210.
Then, surprisingly, Brennan Johnson is priced widely at +245.
West Yorkshire ➡️ West London…
📍 – .#TerrierSpirit | #htafc pic.twitter.com/Rsa54mUIHJ
— Huddersfield Town (@htafc) May 27, 2022
He has scored 19 times this season. And he found the net in both legs of the semi-final.
So he looks the best goalscorer Prop selection in Huddersfield vs Nottingham.
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Projected Line-Ups & Injuries
Huddersfield Town projected line-up:
Nicholls; Lees, Hogg, Colwill; Pipa, Russell, O’Brien, Toffolo; Sinani, Ward, Thomas
Injuries: Aarons, Pearson, Schofield, Vallejo
Nottingham Forest projected line-up:
Samba; Worrall, Cook, McKenna; Spence, Yates, Garner, Colback; Zinckernagel; Davis, Johnson
Injuries: Grabban, Lowe
In the regular season, Huddersfield was beaten 2-0 at home by Nottingham.
But the tables were turned when Huddersfield won 1-0 at Nottingham.
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Pick
There was also a meeting in the FA Cup Fifth Round with Nottingham winning 2-1 at home.
This meeting will be very close to call. But Nottingham may have the edge with Brennan Johnson having proven in the semi-final that he knows how to get the goals that matter on these big occasions.
Pick: Brennan Johnson +245 (To Score)