Southend and Wycombe are all but inseparable in both the match and to-be-promoted betting ahead of the League Two play-off final at Wembley.
The Shrimpers are 6/4 to prevail inside normal time and 17/20 to do so by any means available to them, while Wanderers are 8/5 to win without recourse to extra time and 19/20 whether they need it or not.
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a face-off between two sides the bookmakers find so hard to call, the 11/5 on the draw at 90 minutes looks the way to play on the fixture, with a whole host of hard-to-beat statistics to support such a prognosis.
Both sides have regular season form that pigeon-holes them as being particularly tough to beat, with Wycombe losing just eight league games during the regular season – only champions Burton Albion managed as few defeats.
Southend came third behind the pair in the division’s fewest losses table, turned over ten times across the 46-game campaign.
Needless to say to fail in their quests for automatic promotion having been turned over so infrequently required both sides to have drawn on too many occasions.
Wycombe drew a whopping 15 of their league games while their Essex adversaries played out 12 stalemates, subsequently supplementing that tally with two more in the semi-final against Stevenage.
Needless to say the pair drew their most recent encounter, 2-2 at Roots Hall in March.
Phil Brown’s troops were unfortunate to blow automatic promotion against Morcambe on the final day of the regular season, having kept eight consecutive clean sheets in the preceding octet of fixtures and their stringent rearguard is another reason this tussle could go the full 120 minutes.
They also boasted the third-best defensive record in League Two, meaning they have the tools suppress a Chairboys attack which was the joint-second best in the division.
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