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Stuart Dalgleish 25th May 2009 - 11:26

Third time lucky for Blackwell?

Owen Coyle's Burnley team take on Kevin Blackwell's Sheffield United for a place in the best league in the world - the Premier League.

It's described as the richest game in club football, with the victors set to earn an estimated £60 million just to play in the top flight for nine months.

For Kevin Blackwell it will be the third time he's been involved in a second tier play-off final, losing as a coach whilst with Sheffield United against Wolves in 2003 then as manager of Leeds United in 2006 losing to Watford, both at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and both by three goals to nil.

Owen Coyle has happier memories of play-off finals, scoring for Bolton as they reached the top flight with victory in 1995 against Reading at the old Wembley.

The fact that Burnley have made it to the final is an achievement in itself regardless of the outcome of the match. The Clarets have used a Football League low 23 players this season, with many playing 50+ games, including veteran Graham Alexander who has played in every match.

Burnley have beaten the Blades twice in the league this season so will feel confident going into Monday's game, they're a 17/10 shot to win in 90 minutes, 10/11 to lift the trophy by any means. There's only been one draw in the last ten Championship play-off finals, that eventuality happening this year is an 11/5 chance. United are yet to even score in a play-off final but are marginal favourites for this game at 13/8, 4/5 to book their place in the Premier League by any method.

Martin Paterson was on the scoresheet in both games that Burnley played against Sheffield United this season, he also hit a spectacular goal in the Clarets' triumph at the Madejski Stadium in the second leg of the semi-final. Can he dish out more heartache to Blackwell's team? He's 7/1 to do so with the first goal of the game, 2/1 to grab one at any point of the 90 minutes. (Extra-time is not included)

Versatile star Greg Halford was the goalscoring hero from the second leg of the Blades' victory over Preston and he's chipped in with his fair share of important goals this season, the on-loan Sunderland man is an attractive looking 10/1 to open the scoring in this game, 7/2 to notch one at any stage of the 90 minutes.

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Burnley v Sheff Utd - Monday 15:00

Championship play-offs outright

 
 
 

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