Draw profits from tense clash

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: May 19 2013, 15:37 BST

Craig Chisnall previews the League One play-off final and is fully expecting a tight encounter at Wembley.

Paddy Madden: Fancied to score the game's last goal
Paddy Madden: Fancied to score the game's last goal

Whatever happens at Wembley on Saturday there's no doubting Brentford and Yeovil have both had magnificent seasons.

To finish third and fourth and then beat Swindon and Sheffield United respectively it's been some effort to get this far.

But under the Arch I believe this final will be tight and for that reason the draw looks the price to get on.

The Glovers had the better of the two meetings earlier in the season with 3-0 and 3-1 wins but the Bees will surely have learned their lessons from those matches.

Both teams also possess one of the top strikers in the League with Brentford's Clayton Donaldson and Paddy Madden of Yeovil each passing 20 goals this term.

They will relish this occasion but it could take at least extra time to decide who comes out on top. The draw is too good to ignore at 23/10, particularly with Brentford drawing both semi-final legs with Swindon.

While Madden has run amok this term since arriving from Carlisle his good friend Kevin Dawson has had to wait for his chance to hog the limelight.

The duo are inseparable off the pitch having grown up together in Ireland and have been key to Town's fine form.

Dawson took centre stage in the second leg when he levelled the tie with Sheffield United with an early goal.

The former Shelbourne midfielder was recommended to Gary Johnson by Madden and he's certainly rewarded him by becoming a key part of their engine room.

He took his goal against the Blades superbly and has now scored two in his last three games - at 6/1 with William Hill and bet365 to score at any time he's worth investing in.

Staying in that market I'm investing in Harry Forrester at 29/10 with BetVictor to bag his 12th goal of the season.

The young midfielder hasn't quite hit the heights he did earlier in the season in recent weeks but he will love the Wembley stage.

The former Aston Villa youngster rejected a move to Ajax two years ago to link-up with Uwe Rosler and has had scouts flocking to Griffin Park.

He's scored some stunners this season, will be a constant threat this Sunday and is well worth a punt.

And after the season he's had Madden will surely have a say in events this weekend and I've got a feeling he could well bag a crucial goal.

The 23-year-old was heading nowhere at the start of the season on Carlisle's bench having had several injury problems at Brunton Park.

But a move south has worked wonders for the front man and 21 goals since October has been key to the Glovers superb season.

He's 5/1 to score the final goal of the game - only time will tell if it's a winner to complete a dream turnaround for him.

  • Preview posted at 1055 BST on 15/05/2013.