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Preview: EFL Play-Offs

9 May 2018

The regular season is over, and now 12 teams across three divisions have a promotion lifeline as the Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs get under way on Thursday.

Goal-Line Technology will be used in all semi-final ties, and all 12 will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Fulham embarked on an incredible 23-match unbeaten run during the second half of the season, but that was still not enough for automatic promotion after a final-day loss at Birmingham City.

The Cottagers are involved in the first of the Championship semi-finals, where they will visit Derby County on Friday 11th May — the return leg takes place at Craven Cottage three days later.

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Middlesbrough and Aston Villa meet in the other semi-final, with the first leg kicking off at 5:15pm on Saturday 12th May.

Boro, who finished fifth under Tony Pulis, are seeking an immediate return to the top flight. Villa were seven points and a place better off, and they’ll welcome Boro to Villa Park for the second leg two days later.

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Shrewsbury Town were in the mix for automatic promotion for the majority of the campaign, but Paul Hurst’s men had to settle for third place in the end. They visit Charlton Athletic on Thursday 11th May in the first match of the 2017/18 Play-Offs.

The second leg at Montgomery Waters Meadow takes place at 5:15pm on Sunday 14th May.

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The other semi-final pits Rotherham United against Scunthorpe United. Glanford Park is the destination of the first leg, where the Iron suffered disappointment against Millwall at this stage last season.

That match will be played on Saturday lunchtime, before the second leg on Wednesday 16th May.

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Exeter City suffered Play-Off heartache at Wembley last year, but they return for another shot at automatic promotion against a Lincoln City side who are enjoying a memorable campaign.

Checkatrade Trophy winners in April, the Imps will be eager for a return to the national stadium in their bid for back-to-back promotions. The two go head-to-head at Sincil Bank at 3pm on Saturday 12th May — then it’s down to Devon on Thursday 17th for the second leg.

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Coventry City host the last of the first-leg ties, welcoming Notts County to the Ricoh Arena on the Saturday night.

The pair will then round off the Play-Off semi-finals at Meadow Lane on Friday 18th May.

Read more: Play-Off Semi-Final ties confirmed

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