The second games in the semi-final stage of this year’s Championship Playoffs start tonight.
Considered the richest game in football, the playoffs are considered the most contested and rewarding games, where a place in the Premier League is up for grabs.
West Brom v Aston Villa tonight
Tonight at 8pm West Brom will look to overturn their 2-1 deficit in the second leg of their semi-final game against Aston Villa.
Villa who finished fifth in the Championship secured their spot with three wins in their last three games, took advantage of this momentum when they took the upper hand in their first game against West Brom.
West Brom striker Dwight Gayle gave his side an early lead until Villa Midfielder Conor Hourihane pinged a left-footed shot past keeper Sam Johnstone. Then Aston Villa’s in-form Tammy Abraham put his side ahead four minutes later, turning the tie on its head.
West Brom had a man sent off in the goal-scorer Dwight Gayle, who will be out of the game tonight and also the final if his team should progress.
16 of the last 18 sides to win the first leg of a play-off semi-final have gone on to progress through to the final, Derby in 2018 and Leicester in 2013 are the only exceptions.
Leeds v Derby tomorrow
Tomorrow night at 7.45pm, Leeds will look to advance to the playoff final and take advantage of their one-goal lead over Frank Lampard’s Derby County.
Derby secured the final playoff spot ahead of Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough and have beaten Derby three times this season, with striker Kemar Roofe scoring four goals in these games.
In what was a tight and tense affair, Leeds striker Roofe continued his form against Derby and slotted a tidy goal past Rams keeper Kelle Roos 10 minutes into the second half.
Tempers began to flair when Derby winger Jayden Bogle was brought down by Leeds’ Jack Harrison in a possible penalty shout. The initial awarding of a penalty was overturned, while Mateusz Klich was fortunate to receive no punishment after a headbutt during the decision being made.
The Derby side will count themselves unlucky and will travel to Elland Road in the second fixture, and look to get revenge as well as ultimately winning the tie.
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