Alan Curbishley predicts the Championship play off winners

Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion will battle it out to win the Championship play offs.

Alan Curbishley has told Sky Sports News, which was broadcast on 10th May, that he believes Brighton & Hove Albion will win the Championship play offs.

Brighton go into the promotion deciding fixtures alongside Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Hull City.

The Seagulls have the added task of having to recover from agonisingly missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.

However, Curbishley feels that Chris Hughton’s side will be able to bounce back from that disappointment.

“I don’t think they’ll be a hangover for Brighton,” the former West Ham manager said. “I think in their heart of hearts they thought they might be in the play offs. I think Brighton will go into the play offs not as down as most people think, and they have a great chance.”

George Boateng, who was also on Sky Sports News, agreed with his fellow pundit.

Brighton take on Sheffield Wednesday first in the play offs, and if they win they are victorious they will meet the winner of Derby’s tie against Hull.

Boateng feels that Brighton face a tough challenge overcoming Carlos Carvalhal’s side, but the Dutchman believes that the south coast’s side quality will shine through.

“My head says Brighton,” he added. “I’ve watched them a few times and they have a very good team. Sheffield Wednesday won’t be a walkover, but Brighton have the best team out of those four teams.”

Brighton finished the regular season with more points than any side in the play offs, but Hull are currently the bookies’ favourites to be a Premier League club next year.

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