Derby V Villa: Play-Off Final Preview

Aston Villa will face Derby in the bid for promotion after the Rams beat Leeds in a 4-3 thriller at Elland Road.

At the start of the season, these two sides were tipped for promotion and whilst the Villains are the more distinguished team, it looks set to be a well-fought battle by both determined, hungry Premier League prospects.

For Villa, their road to the play-offs came via a fifth place finish in the Championship as a late run secured their position following 10 wins in a row between March 2nd and April 22nd.

On the other hand, Derby have been fairly consistent this season with only 10 defeats, the 4th best record compared to the other sides in the league.

Derby’s strength comes from their young, bright players such as Harry Wilson and Mason Mount but as both are only on loan, Lampard will surely try and get the pivotal duo back next season regardless of what division the Rams are playing in.

Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has netted 26 goals in all comps this season for Villa which surely poses a threat for Derby, but their stand-out star Jack Grealish has caught the eye of many clubs and could be playing in the Premier League next season anyway even if it’s not with Villa.

It’s no surprise to see that the Claret and Blues are arguably favourites though after they boast a 7-0 win on aggregate over Derby across the season with a 4-0 victory at home before triumphing 3-0 away.

However, with the pressure of appearing on one of the biggest stages in football, coupled with the remunerative prize on offer, who knows if Aston Villa will live up to their expectation or if Frank Lampard will manage to take Derby to the top-flight in his first season in charge.

Date of Final : 27th May

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