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Morecambe vs Newport County

It’s the final match of this unusual League Two season, and football betting can barely split Morecambe and Newport.

While in the shadow of the Championship playoff final on bank holiday weekend, this is a chance to make history for both clubs, and cap off what has been a dramatic campaign.

Five points separated the teams during the 46-game season. Newport went unbeaten over their final five matches to finish fifth.

Morecambe have lost once in eight matches overall, and that defeat came after they had a red card just 23 minutes in against Bolton.

The bookies are right to have these teams evenly matched. Both overcame second-leg drama to book their place in the final, too.

Forest Green fought back against Newport, winning the second leg 4-3, but the Welsh club had done just enough in the first leg to progress.

James Vaughan’s second half goal for Tranmere had the Shrimps sweating up until the final whistle. Morecambe held off pressure from Tranmere to book their place in the final. They are one match away from reaching the third tier for the first time in their 101-year history.

Previous matchups are always interesting ahead of a final. Morecambe have won the last three meetings with Newport, including a 3-1 victory back in March.

This is a clash of styles. Morecambe were the second-highest scorers. Newport had the second-best defensive record. The firepower of Morecambe got the better of these regular season duels, and it’s hard not to think along similar lines again.

The Shrimps finished the season relatively strongly on the defensive end, conceding just three goals over their previous three matches.

This is a tricky one to call, but Morecambe are our bet of the day for this weekend’s League Two playoff final.

League Two Prediction: Morecambe to win (9/5)

Correct Score Prediction: Morecambe 2-1 Newport County

Championship Predictions

The Championship is the second highest division in the English football league system after the Premier League and it is often labelled as the toughest league in world football.

Popular with football betting fans around the world, the Championship has a gruelling 46-match schedule that is designed to separate the men from the boys.

Securing promotion to the Premier League is the ultimate objective for the 24 Championship clubs at the start of every campaign but reaching the promised land is easier said than done.

The EFL Championship was founded in 2004 after it was previously known as the Football League First Division.

The winning team is awarded the EFL Championship trophy, which happens to be the same trophy as the old First Division before the Premier League was formed in 1992.

The topic of Championship salaries is always intriguing, especially when the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Fulham have dropped out of the Premier League.

Championship Betting Tips:

Punters can find the latest Championship betting tips here at 888sport, as well as interesting articles on England’s second tier – including a look at the best Championship teams of all-time.

Ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, Derby County and Nottingham Forest hold the longest tenure in the Championship having played in the second tier since 2007/08.

So whether you want to check out the Championship top goal scorers by season or simply browse the Championship betting odds, 888sport is the place to be.

Which Championship teams will feature in our Premier League predictions next season? Only time will tell – the race to secure promotion to the top flight is well and truly on!

Follow this page throughout the season for the best EFL Championship predictions and betting tips on one of the greatest competitions in football.

Championship Predictions Today:

Punters can find upcoming Sky Bet Championship tips here throughout the domestic football season. Our football experts offer their free Championship predictions on the biggest matches in England's second tier...

Whether you are looking for midweek fixtures or Saturday football tips, Championship betting tips can be found ahead of each gameweek. Bet on the Championship today at 888sport!

Football fans, free sports betting tips for today can be found on all major sports. Championship betting odds chop and change over the course of the season so keep an eye on the latest football tips.

*All of our 888 Experts picks and betting tips can be considered as a suggestion only.*

*Odds correct at the time of writing - subject to change*

*Credit for the main photo belongs to Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 20th December 2020

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