Predictions

Magical turnaround

The Sky Bet League Two final has finally arrived and promises to be an epic if the finalists’ two previous matches are of any note.

 

Blackpool face Exeter at Wembley with the final place in League One up for grabs. The winner will join Portsmouth, Plymouth and Doncaster in the third tier next season.

 

Both sides came through a pair of thrilling play off semi finals to get here, despite having suffered own woes throughout the season.

 

Blackpool having suffered two consecutive relegations could produce a magical turnaround and look to start bouncing back.

 

Exeter however were bottom in November and now are set for promotion five months on, after four years in the fourth tier of English football.

 

Team News

 

Blackpool boss, Gary Bowyer has a selection headache with a full squad to choose from.

 

Exeter however are set to name an unchanged side after Matt Jay and Robbie Simpson missed training.

 

Thriller in waiting?

 

Given how excellent both teams were in the semis, we could be in store for a proper Wembley thriller here.

 

The Tangerines have the upper hand over Exeter, who have only beaten their play off rivals in five of their 17 meetings over the years.

 

That stat will count for nothing given this is a neutral venue so opportunity for surprises abound.

 

Twelfth man required

 

Fans will have an interesting role given that many of the Seasiders’ fans are boycotting the final in protest at the Oystons. The boycotts have been running all season long and a trip to Wembley has done little to ease tension here.

 

Exeter however have sold out their allowance of 15,000 tickets so will be able to cope better towards the end.

 

Just how critical of a role could the fans play in the outcome if extra time is required?

 

Prediction

 

Making a prediction is quite interesting here.

 

In Bowyer, Blackpool have a manager who knows how to manage big occasions like when Blackburn beat Arsenal in the fifth round of 2012-13 FA Cup.

 

That will give them some extra belief because if anyone is going to keep expectations in check, Bowyer is the man.

 

The Grecians on other hand, could be saying farewell to Ollie Watkins as rumours grow of a move up to a higher division.

 

The prospect of losing Watkins might just motivate Exeter to give him a fairytale send off. It could also work in their favour because he might decide to stay with the side next season in League One, if they do go up.

 

Personally, I will be disappointed if we see a dull climax because both sides can score plenty apiece.

 

Its a tough decision but I fancy Exeter to do it at the death.

 

Prediction: Blackpool 2-3 Exeter

Result: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

 

Blackpool are promoted!!!

 

 

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