The European league seasons are almost over, with just the cup finals to play for and last chance to secure silverware for the 2019 season.
However there is one game football fans will have their eyes on. They call it ‘the richest game in football’ and one that has an estimated £180 million price tag!
Aston Villa and Derby County will take to the field in Wembley this Monday lunchtime, in the hope to join Norwich and Sheffield United and gain promotion to the English top flight. This is a game that will have serious financial and prestigious implications.
Aston Villa led by manager Dean Smith defeated West Brom 4-3 on penalties in the semi-final of the Championship playoffs, to book their place in the final.
Scars still remain from Villa’s defeat at this same stage last year, one that current Villa coach John Terry will hope to over-come and look to in-form top goal scorer Tammy Abraham to continue his excellent season.
Derby progressed in the thrilling test of the tie against Leeds last time out. In the first leg of the semi-final Leeds went ahead 1-0, and looked like they would secure their fate with ease.
However Frank Lampard’s men wouldn’t give up the fight as underdogs, turning the contest on it’s head. The full-time score read 4-2, with Derby destroying Marco Bielsa’s men in a game that had everything for the neutral.
Familiar names to fans in the Derby set-up include former Chelsea-team mate of Lampard Ashley Cole, former England international keeper Scott Carson, Chelsea loanee-Mason Mount and Liverpool on-loan winger Harry Wilson who have both impressed in their loan spells at the club.
In the Villa dressing room, Chelsea on-loan striker Tammy Abraham who has been banging in goals this season, Republic of Ireland’s Conor Houihane and Glen Whelan. Former Spurs midfielder Tom Carroll and you can’t forget polarizing winger Jack Grealish.
Who will book their ticket into the top flight of the Premier League for next season? Action kicks off at 3pm Monday.