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Clock Icon Thursday, 26th May 2016

Champions League Final: Saturday 28th May, 7.45pm - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid

There are two contrasting styles on display in Saturday night's Champions League final as Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid. You've got the great entertainers in Real taking on an Atletico side that specialises in stifling the very best in Europe.

Love or hate their style, Diego Simeone's men are very good at what they do and they have actually only lost two of their past twelve meetings with Real. However, they have never beaten their rivals in three previous Champions League games and the way Real ended the season strongly has me leaning towards Zinedine Zidane's side, so the 1-1 draw is my tip after 90 minutes, with Real eventually coming out on top to lift the trophy in a similar manner to that of the 2014 final.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Odds.

Saturday 28th May - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Champions League Final
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Tips Real to lift the trophy    Best Bet @ 3 / 4  
The draw after 90 minutes @ 11 / 5  
1-1 correct score after 90 minutes @ 11 / 2  

Championship Play-Off Final: Saturday 28th May, 5.00pm - Hull v Sheffield Wednesday

Back in England, there are the play-off finals to enjoy at Wembley Stadium this weekend and the Championship game between Hull and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday isn't an easy one to call.

Hull very nearly went out of the competition at the semi-final stage despite playing brilliantly en route to beating Derby 3-0 in the first leg and the way they lost the second match 2-0 showed what can happen if you're not right at it mentally.

They took their mind off the game and nearly got caught out but they will be switched right on for this meeting with Sheffield Wednesday, who made the most of Brighton's struggles with injuries to key players in the semi's.

I see Hull are 8/13 to 'lift the trophy' and 13/10 in the match betting, which seems like a massive discrepancy between the prices, so the value is definitely in backing Hull to win the match inside 90 minutes, with 2-1 my pick in the correct score bracket.

Hull v Sheffield Wednesday Odds.

Saturday 28th May - 5.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: Championship Play-Off Final
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Tips Hull to beat Sheffield Wednesday    Best Bet @ 13 / 10  
Hull to win 2-1 @ 9 / 1  

League One Play-Off Final: Sunday 29th May, 3.00pm - Barnsley v Millwall

I then fancy my old club Millwall to be too strong for Barnsley in Sunday's League One play-off final. All credit to Barnsley because they've been on an incredible run since Paul Heckingbottom took over as manager and what a job he has done, winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and guiding them to the play-offs following what had been a disastrous start to the season for The Tykes.

I was so impressed with the way Millwall came past Bradford in the semi-finals though and my old side can cap a successful season with a 3-1 win.

Barnsley v Millwall Odds.

Sunday 29th May - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: League One Play-Off Final
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Tips Millwall to beat Barnsley    Best Bet @ 19 / 10  
Millwall to win 3-1 @ 25 / 1  

League Two Play-Off Final: Monday 30th May, 3.00pm - AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth

Finally, it's the League Two play-off final on Bank Holiday Monday and it promises to be a really good game between AFC Wimbledon and Plymouth. There was nothing between Portsmouth and Plymouth in the semi-finals and I do fancy Pompey are a better side than Wimbledon, so with that in mind I've got to go for Plymouth to win 2-1 at Wembley.

AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Odds.

Monday 30th May - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Claridge Tip: League Two Play-Off Final
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Tips Plymouth to beat AFC Wimbledon    Best Bet @ 13 / 8  
Plymouth to win 2-1 @ 19 / 2  

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Man United to put Leicesters title celebrations on hold 29 Apr 2016
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