It's a massive weekend for the Skybet Football League as we come to the play-off finals at Wembley.
The three-day promotion festival features what has come to be known as the richest game in football – the Championship play-off decider – because it holds a place for the winners in the Premier League.
That’s the richest league in the world and, while you will see figures of anything up to £100m placed on its value as a match, to win the Championship play-off final really is like winning the lottery for the team that succeeds.
So I’m going to tell you who I feel will be the winners and losers this weekend – and I’m going down there to be part of it because Skybet are the major sponsors of the Football League.
As the sponsors, we are giving the best prices on all six teams to qualify (that’s to win) – and in the Championship final on Monday Norwich City are slight favourites at 5/6 while Middlesbrough are the outsiders at 11/10.
I actually quite fancy Boro.
They beat Norwich in both league games this season and their manager, Aitor Karanka, has managed to create a very solid defensive unit and a side who are particularly strong on the break.
I watched the game when Boro went to Carrow Road near the end of the season, when Norwich seemed certainties to go up automatically, and Karanka got the tactical side of the game spot on.
Boro absolutely blitzed Norwich early on and then defended brilliantly for the rest of the game to seal a 1-0 win.
The Teesside club have also shown in cup games this year, when they’ve beaten Manchester City and taken Liverpool to penalties, that they have the know-how to get things just right.
That’s why, in such a big one-off game, I will be going for Boro to qualify.
For the League I final on Sunday, Preston North End are big favourites to come out on top against Swindon Town, which is no surprise after the great season the Lancashire side have had.
Jermaine Beckford and Joe Garner have been firing in the goals recently and Beckford – as all Huddersfield Town fans will know – is one of those strikers who, when he’s hot, he’s very hot.
Any Preston fan will be hoping those two can be on target at Wembley, although I don’t need to remind anyone at Deepdale that they’ve been in the play-offs nine times and have never yet gone through via that route.
That’s a massive stat that all supporters of the club, management, directors and players will want to see put right and, for me, the important thing is that this is a different group of players and a different staff under Simon Grayson.
Preston are rated 8/11 to qualify and Swindon 13/10, but if I was to pick a banker of the weekend it would be Preston to get promotion to the Championship.
On Saturday, we start with the Skybet League II final between Southend and Wycombe.
Phil Brown has been all over the TV this week and doing all he can to push Southend.
Fair play to him, he’s a manager who has had a club in the Premier League but he’s been happy, as he should be, to go down the divisions and reinvent himself at Southend.
His side have won seven out of the last eight games, but they failed in the final match of the regular season against Morecambe when a win would have taken them up automatically.
Southend are the 5/6 favourites, but my money will be on Wycombe at evens.
The killer statistic that stands out for me is that Wycombe have lost only two away games all season. In League II, that’s an amazing achievement and I think Wycombe, who can score goals freely on their day, will come out on top against a more defensively-minded Southend.