The Championship play-offs throw up a betting tip in Friday’s game between Crystal Palace and Brighton. The sides were split by just 3 points after 46 games of the League season, but will current form and momentum leave a clear winner after the first leg?

Match: Crystal Palace v Brighton
Betting tip: Back the Draw
Best Odds: 3.4 with Bet365
Kick Off: 19:45 10/05/2013

Crystal Palace v Brighton betting tipMomentum is often mentioned as being key when the play-off games get under way, and it is certainly with Brighton more than Crystal Palace in this first leg. The Eagles finished the season barely limping over the line. They won just one of the last ten, and that needed two very late goals to turn defeat into victory versus the ultimately relegated Peterborough. Prior to that, Palace had drawn five and lost four of their previous nine and were somewhat fortunate to cling on to a play off spot. Brighton by way of contrast, powered home in their final nine games, winning five and drawing four. They also only lost two of the last seventeen. While the Seagulls may have form on their side, the regularity with which both teams draw means that the value lies in backing the stalemate. The away side will always be willing to take a draw in the first leg of a play off semi-final, and with Palace drawing eight of twenty three at home, and Brighton nine of twenty three away, odds of 3.4 for a draw in what is traditionally a cagey match, look tempting.

Football Betting tip

Back the draw at 3.4 with Bet365.