Scott Sinclair swanns into the big-time
Swansea and Reading will fight it out on Monday for a spot in the Premier League and with it the financial security that all Championship clubs crave.
One group of players will be leave Wembley heartbroken whilst the others could be the next Charlie Adam or David Vaughan, both inspirations to Championship players trying to make it into the big-time.
Swansea are 17/10 to win in ninety minutes, the draw is 2/1 and a Reading win is 9/5. Both managers have worked wonders at their respected clubs, they were expected to take a back-seat behind the bigger clubs like Nottingham Forest and Leeds Utd.
Brendan Rogers' Swansea were perceived to be Championship minnows and relegation fodder. Rogers' mentor may be Mourinho but he has his own style of play. They are an attacking outfit that rely on the pace of Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair. They feed the ball to the on-loan Borini or Dobbie.
They are capable of scoring goals and as long as the big stage does not intimidate the young guns, they can find the back of the net. Scott Sinclair looks big at 15/8 to score anytime and he is a natural scorer, he has played alongside star players at Chelsea and he will be desperate to go prove his critics wrong in the Premier League.
Reading play well as a team and there star player this season is Shane Long. He has been watched by Premier League clubs like Newcastle and he is 6/1 to score the first goal. If Reading fail to climb up a league, he will most likely move-on this summer. He struggled to get to grips with the Championship after arriving from Cork City but McDermott kept faith with him.
The Royal's manager McDermott followed the sacked Brendan Rogers into the Reading hot seat. They almost dropped into League One last season but survived. Ian Harte has plenty of Premier League experience and he is also a set piece specialist.
He is 11/2 to score anytime and he will take all the free-kicks. He is in the twilight of his career and he would love one final shot in the Premier League if his legs will let him.
Swansea's Stephen Dobbie helped Blackpool to play-off glory last year and he has seen his Scottish friend Charlie Adam take the Premier League by storm. He has already experienced a play-off final and was unfortunate not to be taken on by Blackpool this season.
He will be really up for the match and he is 7/1 to score the first goal. It is difficult to back under or over the goals because if the game is level in the second half, neither team will want to lose the game in ninety minutes.
Swansea can score the first goal on the break at 21/20 and the double result draw/draw at 10/3 holds some appeal. The Match Winner is for the game to be decided by penalties at 11/2, with two attacking clubs playing cautiously it looks a generous price. Both teams will be desperate to reach the much coveted Premier League but neither will want to feel second best on Monday night.