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Goals on the cards as Aston Villa face Derby County in the Championship Play-Off Final

Aston Villa and Derby County meet in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley on Monday with a place in the Premier League on the line. With promotion to the top flight estimated to be worth around £170 million to the winning side, the game is sure to be a hard-fought encounter. Villa finished fifth in the Championship during the regular season, with a run of one defeat in their final 13 matches securing their place in the play-offs. Derby also…
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Parachute payments – the financial impact of relegation

Relegation is a bitter pill to swallow for all football fans, but for fans of those teams relegated from the Premier League, it can be particularly hard, given the financial implications of no longer playing in England’s top flight. In order to reduce the financial difficulties that can arise from relegation, the Premier League gives the three relegated sides parachute payments, which equate to £90 million, spread over three years. The Premiership relegation odds from Betfair expect to see Cardiff…
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EFL’s relationship with gambling to remain strong

The EFL extended their headline sponsorship deal with Sky Bet until the end of the 2023-24 season in November last year and the relationship between football and gambling continues to blossom. With much talk in the media regarding the problems that some players have had with gambling, it was said that the deal was announced at the worst possible time. Hearts and Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty had urged football bosses to review its relationship with sports betting after confessing…
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The Championship run-in

With April fast approaching, many of the Championship clubs are still contemplating their plans to secure a prized place in the Premier League or avoid the drop down to League One as they prepare for the exciting end of season run-in. (more…)
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This week in football

Most of the major European football leagues are finally recommencing this week bar a few, and some have gifted us some great games to look forward to. The Premier League continued without interruption over the Christmas period, while other leagues like La Liga and the French Ligue 1 enjoyed more than 3 weeks off sometimes even 4 in the case of the Bundesliga. This week some great matches with great odds await us. (more…)
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Championship clubs suffering increasing debt threat

Whilst Premier League sides continue to thrive by pulling in huge amounts of revenue each and every season thanks to ticket sales, lucrative television deals and merchandising, things aren’t quite as rosy in the finance departments of many teams in the lower tiers of English football. Accumulated debt in the Championship reached a staggering £1.1 billion last season, nearly double the amount England’s second division currently generates in revenue, so what gives? Despite pulling in £646.4 million in revenue this…
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