CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF FINAL HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST PREVIEW
Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest will do battle at Wembley today for a place in the Premier League, in what is football’s richest game. Huddersfield finished 3rd in the league while Forest finished 4th after a strong second half to the season. So both clubs will feel they deserve the opportunity to join Fulham and Bournemouth in the top flight.
The Championship Playoff Final is the richest game in world football and both sides will want to end the season on a high with Fanteam’s fantasy contests adding excitement you can enjoy it as well.
Enter the Championship Playoff Final game lobby by CLICKING HERE to see the contests available for Football’s richest game.
The great thing about FanTeam as a platform is I can play daily fantasy contests, and player matchups and make my sportsbook bets all in the same place.
FanTeam Championship playoff Final contests are played under the very unique pursuit mode, but what is pursuit mode?
Pursuit is a unique format in which players are essentially handicapped according to how good of a performance we would expect from them. Instead of being limited by a predefined budget users can pick players by bonus points as well as a captain who will score double bonus points and a vice-captain who will score 1.5 bonus points.
Bonus points are awarded at the start of a contest. Low expectation players will have a higher starting point whereas high expectation players will have a lower starting point. Pursuit allows the user to start the tournament in the lead, or choose to start behind the eight ball.
More details on pursuit mode can be found by CLICKING HERE or in the rules section inside the game lobby.
Safety Net is enabled for this contest meaning all non-starting players will be replaced at the beginning of their match. Note this is only if there is a player from the same club, in the same position with an equal or cheaper price.
Standard FanTeam scoring applies.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS NOTTINGHAM FOREST – TALE OF THE TAPE
What a difference a year makes! Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest both finished 20th and 17th respectively last year, which just shows the madness and competitiveness of this division. A place in the top tier awaits the winner and the loser will know how hard it is to get back again.
Between December and March Huddersfield put together a 17-match unbeaten run and suffered just 2 defeats from 28 matches as they pushed for automatic promotion. Meanwhile, in the east midlands, Forest has accumulated 76 points from 38 games which is the best return ever in a championship campaign over that period.
The playoffs were not straightforward for either club either which has just added to the drama. Huddersfield required a late Jordan Rhodes goal to see off Luton Town 2-1 on aggregate at the John Smith stadium. Meanwhile, Forest looked to be cruising at 3-1 until Sheffield United fault back and took the game to penalties. It was all in vain though as Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba saved 3 penalties to send them to Wembley.
Huddersfield will take positives from their last 2 playoff final appearances with both ending in victory. 5 years ago they beat Reading which earned them their first-ever appearance in the top flight. For Forest, it’s been 23 years since the east midland’s club was in the top flight. A long long time for a massive club to be away. Steve Cooper and his side will be hoping to change that today.
This game is a hard one to predict and these games are normally cagey. My head is saying Huddersfield but I have a funny feeling Forest nick it 1-0.
FANTASY PLAYERS TO TARGET
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN – Lee Nicholls, Tom Lees, Levi Colwill, Harry Toffolo, Lewis O’Brien, Jon Russell, and Danny Ward
NOTTINGHAM FOREST – Brice Samba, Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall, Brennan Johnson, Jack Colback, Ryan Yates, and Sam Surridge
As mentioned I think this game will be cagey so I like both goalkeepers and defensive assets on each team. For Huddersfield, their goalkeeper and defensive assets will all start on plus points. For Forest, their goalkeeper, McKenna, and Cook will all start on minus points.
I will be mixing up midfield and striker options from both teams within my lineups for today’s exciting playoff final.
With this in mind and the way, I like to build pursuit teams this is my favorite Huddersfield lineup today.
With this in mind and the way, I like to build pursuit teams this is my favorite Nottingham Forest lineup today.
This is an extremely hard game to predict with both teams in fine form. I do favor Forest slightly but these games are often cagey events at the best of times. With this in mind, I don’t see many goals so under 2.5 goals will be my selection for this game.
Under 2.5 goals is my favorite bet at 1.61
A £20 bet would return £32.20 should it land.
The Sportsbook lobby can be found by CLICKING HERE.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.
Best of luck to everyone entering tonight – We look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.