Soccer Betting: England League One Playoff

Soccer Betting:  England League One Playoff

With the Champions League final in the books the soccer world is starting to wind down in preparation for the summer’s big event–the 2014 World Cup which starts in mid June in Brazil. One more order of business in England as League One rivals Leyton Orient and Rotherham United battle for promotion to the Championship. The Football Championship league is the #2 circuit in the country second only to the English Premier League.

Here’s how the promotion works in League One–the first and second teams (this year Wolverhampton and Brentford) are awarded automatic promotion to the Championship. The third through sixth place teams face each other in a playoffs. That brings us to today’s game between Leyton Orient and Rotherham United. These teams were tied in the League One table with 86 points so it should be a very even and tightly contested matchup. This game will be played at Wembley Stadium in London so in essence its a road game for both teams.

Leyton Orient has done a good job of not losing on the road in the latter part of the League One season losing only one of their last eight away games. The problem is that they’ve only won two of their last nine road games and a draw isn’t an option here. While Leyton Orient is a good road team Rotherham is the best road team in League One. They finished the season with an impressive tally of 14 wins 4 draws and 5 losses. The teams played twice during the regular season with each team winning on their home pitch.

Both teams score a lot of goals–Leyton Orient finished the season with 85 goals and Rotherham had 86 goals. For that reason we expect this to be a little more of an offensively oriented game than you’ll usually see in high stakes playoff situations. We’ll respect Rotherham United’s impressive performance away from home and take them to win and earn promotion to the Championship. Additionally, we’ll look for several goals to be scored and go ‘Over’ the total. This is an evenly matched contest and Leyton Orient won’t roll over in a rout but it’s hard to dismiss Rotherham’s poise on the road.