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Royals and Jacks hard to separate.

Byline: CHRIS HUTCHEON

THE Champions League fi-nal was undoubtedly the biggest clash of the Bank Holiday weekend.

But in terms of one-off rewards the actual 'prize money' available to the winner of tomorrow's Championship play-off final is substantially greater than the nine million euros pocketed at Wembley last night.

It's Swansea and Reading who go head-to-head for a share of the Premier League's riches and it's hard to separate the pair.

Paddy Power quote both at 5-6 to gain promotion.

A few other firms believe the Jacks to be slight favourites - bet365 for example, offering a chunkier evens for the Royals to ultimately go up - but Victor Chandler rate both teams at 7-4 in 90 minutes, while Betfred chalk a best price of 9-5 against a success for Brian McDermott's men in normal time.

In the circumstances, with two evenly matched teams, this could be a tie that goes all the way and Betdaq's 3.3 (23-10) for the contest to be inconclusive after 90 minutes catches the eye.

Subsequently, it might be worth considering a small flutter on the match to go to penalties at 19-4 with Sportingbet.

From there it's obviously 50-50 but punters with a preference can back either team at 10-1 (William Hill) to triumph from the spot.

In-form Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie could attract cash at 8-1 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock.

Huddersfield and Peterborough face off in the League One final today at Old Trafford where Partybets' 19-10 for the attacking duo to produce more than 3.5 goals between them stands out.

On an impressive 27-league-match unbeaten run, the Terriers are slight favourites at 6-4 with Stan James. But Posh - Totesport's 9-5 outsiders - are too much of a danger to be written off so punters are better off sticking with goals.

Finally, in today's Nations Cup decider in Dublin, Ireland are evens with Betfred but Giovanni Trapattoni's men will have half an eye on next week's altogether more important Euro 2012 qualifi-er in Macedonia, so Scotland, on the back of two wins in the competition, look overpriced at 14-5 with Victor Chandler.

BEST BETS Reading v Swansea to go to penalties - 19-4 (Sportingbet) Over 3.5 goals in the Huddersfield v Peterborough game - 19-10 (Partybets) Scotland to beat Ireland - 14-5 (Victor Chandler)
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
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Date:May 29, 2011
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