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This afternoon’s Championship play-off ultimate is certain to be nerve-shredding for Southampton and Leeds United supporters, however should be richly entertaining for everyone else.

The fixture that has been dubbed the £300 million sport (the determine appears to inflate each season) provides each of those golf equipment the prospect of a right away Premier League return.

Leeds will really feel they need to have sealed computerized promotion given the standard of their post-Christmas soccer, however some late stumbles proved pricey.

Daniel Farke’s crew are favourites at Wembley, and from a chook’s-eye view they appear the extra balanced outfit. Leeds and Southampton had very comparable seasons when it got here to attacking output – virtually the identical anticipated objectives produced, delivering 81 Leeds objectives and 87 for Southampton. Leeds conceded 20 fewer objectives than Southampton although, and their underlying defensive numbers had been considerably higher. Southampton did have the higher of the head-to-heads as the one Championship crew to do the double over Leeds.

Southampton is not going to waver from Russell Martin’s possession-based strategy, with Southampton seeing extra of the ball than any crew in England’s prime 4 divisions. Only Manchester City accomplished extra passes and extra 10+ go sequences than Martin’s crew. That ought to provide this afternoon’s sport an open really feel, with Leeds’ vast gamers Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto main threats.

“Externally the work we have done will be defined by the outcome, it always is in football, but for us I don’t think it will be,” Martin stated.

“There is so much stuff to then be positive about and really for us to look forward to, to learn from and the same for the players, so it is such a fine margin between failure and success. Hopefully, we are successful on Sunday. Hopefully, we will achieve what we want to achieve.”

Strangely sufficient for 2 golf equipment of their stature, neither has a lot historical past on the subject of play-off finals. Southampton have by no means performed in a play-off ultimate. Leeds have performed at Wembley simply twice for the reason that 1992 Community Shield, dropping on each events. One of these was the 2008 League One play-off ultimate, once they misplaced 1-0 to Doncaster Rovers. Leeds additionally misplaced to Watford within the 2006 Championship play-off ultimate in Cardiff.

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