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League One Play-Off Odds: Bolton, Peterborough, Oxford United and Barnsley set for battle

After an exhilarating regular season, the race for promotion continues in the League One play-offs.

Bolton Wanderers, Peterborough United, Oxford United and Barnsley are all in the mix to secure their place in England's second tier next term.

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League One play-off fixtures

Semi-Final: First leg

  • Barnsley v Bolton - Friday 3rd May, 19:30
  • Oxford United v Peterborough - Saturday 4th May, 19:45

Semi-Final: Second leg

  • Bolton v Barnsley - Tuesday 7th May, 20:00
  • Peterborough v Oxford United - Wednesday 8th May, 20:00

League One play-off final date

The League One play-off final is scheduled to take place on Saturday 18th May at Wembley Stadium.

League One Promotion odds

Bolton Wanderers (13/8)

Having occupied an automatic promotion berth as recently as March, a 1-0 defeat to top-two rivals Derby County left Bolton Wanderers playing catch-up and ultimately one too many draws cost them in their quest of ousting the Rams.

Ian Evatt may have made a rod for his own back by outlining Bolton's promotion ambitions earlier in the season, but the Trotters are the favourites to win the play-offs after finishing the campaign in third.

Seeking a return to the Championship for the first time since 2019, Bolton will be eager to avenge their play-off semi-final defeat to Barnsley last year and are 4/9 to book their place in the final at Wembley.

The January acquisition of Aaron Collins could be a difference-maker, especially when the margins are so tight. The 26-year-old striker has made a seamless transition into Evatt's team and a return of eight goals is evidence that he can be the figure that fires Bolton to glory.

Peterborough United (2/1)

12 months after being victim to one of the greatest comebacks in play-off history against Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough are looking to banish the heartache of last term and secure a return to the Championship.

Darren Ferguson's side were the division's top scorers with 89 goals and boast significant firepower in the shape of Ephron Mason-Clark, Joel Randall, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Kwame Poku.

The Posh were in the top two in January, but a sequence of four consecutive defeats left them with work to do approaching the final third of the campaign.

A run of five successive wins had Derby and Bolton glancing over their shoulders, but their automatic promotion chances were undermined by costly losses against Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town and their upcoming play-off opponents, Oxford United.

Peterborough are 3/4 favourites to progress from their semi-final tie.

Oxford United (4/1)

It's been a whirlwind of a season for Oxford United.

The U's were second in the table after winning 10 of their first 14 matches when Liam Manning opted to jump ship and join Championship side Bristol City. Des Buckingham was named his successor, but the team laboured under his supervision, winning just five of their following 19 games.

Buckingham retained the backing of the Oxford board - even after a 5-0 defeat against Bolton - and eventually his methods bore fruit.

Oxford began to win matches in emphatic fashion as Buckingham's front-foot, attacking style came to the fore and though they endured blips against Lincoln City and Stevenage, a final day win over Exeter City and results going in their favour assured them of a top-six finish.

The Kassam Stadium faithful witnessed Oxford thrash their upcoming play-off opponents Peterborough 5-0 in mid-April; a repeat of that scoreline is priced at 80/1.

Barnsley (9/2)

It's quite rare that a team decides to part ways with their manager when they occupy a play-off spot at the business end of the season.

After a poor sequence of results, Barnsley felt the time was right to dismiss head coach Neill Collins, who had only been appointed last summer.

They had a replacement lined up in Austrian coach Dominik Thalhammer until negotiations stalled and now the Tykes will head into the play-offs without a manager.

Managerial uncertainty and recent form doesn't bode well for Barnsley, who are 13/8 to reach consecutive play-off finals. However, the Yorkshire-based club will take encouragement from recent results against Bolton, having played out a draw in both of their meetings this campaign.

Netting 82 goals demonstrates the Tykes can score goals in abundance, but they will need to address their defensive vulnerabilities if they're to seal a return to the second tier.

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