Tommy Mc looks at the second legs of the Championship playoff semi finals and he likes Middlesbrough and Norwich to advance to the final with wins.
Middlesbrough v Brentford
It took a stoppage time goal from Middlesbrough sub Amorebieta to separate these sides when they met in the first leg at Griffin Park last Friday night and Boro now take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg at the Riverside this Friday night.
Brentford would consider themselves unlucky to concede in the manner in which they did with the game looking like it was heading for a draw after they put up a battling display and tried their best to get the win. However I do feel that it was imperative for Brentford to win this match and I think they have missed their chance as Boro are a different prospect at the Riverside as the Bee's found out earlier in the season when they lost 4-0 there. Brentford will go there and give it everything to try and get the win they need however I fancy Middlesbrough's class to shine through in what could be a close game. Boro have been top class at the Riverside this season and with the tie firmly in their hands I think they will go at Brentford from the start and if they get an early goal it could be a long night for the Bee's.
I fancy Middlesbrough to make it to the play-off final and I also think Patrick Bamford is worth a punt to score the first goal as he is Boro's main threat and has netted 17 times in 33 appearances so far this season and I think he will be on target again.
1 point win Middlesbrough to beat Brentford at 21/20 with BetVictor
Norwich v Ipswich
As I predicted last week, both of these games were close with the East Anglian derby finishing 1-1 between Norwich and Ipswich at Portman Road last Saturday morning. Both goals came towards the end of the first half and I think Norwich manager Alex Neil would have been the happier of the two managers at full time. In my opinion Ipswich like Brentford needed to win the first leg as I don't think the Tractor Boys are strong enough to go to Carrow Road on Saturday morning and get the victory.
Mick McCarthy's men will go there and try to soak up the pressure and hope to catch Norwich on the break and maybe sneak a goal. I think Norwich on the other hand will be all over Ipswich from the start and with their attacking strengths I fancy them to be too much for this Ipswich defence who have been leaky at times this season and conceded two at Carrow Road when the sides last met there in March. As I have said many times before Norwich have been outstanding since the turn of the year and have had all the momentum going into these play-offs.
I don't think this will be as tight as the first leg was as I think Norwich will go all out from the start and could win by a couple of goals to book their place in the final. I also fancy Bradley Johnson to score anytime in this game, the Norwich midfielder can be dangerous from the edge of the box and has scored 15 goals in 41 appearances so far this season and I think he might pop up with another one on Saturday.