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Aston Villa to edge Derby County in return to Premier League

23 May 2019 | Championship | Preview
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Aston Villa to edge Derby County in return to Premier League

After what has been a long, arduous but action-packed Championship season, it all comes down to this - the Championship play-off final at Wembley for the biggest prize in world football - a place in next season’s Premier League.

Aston Villa finished the regular season in 5th place and just two points ahead of Monday’s play-off final opponents, Derby County, but it was a monumental effort for Villa even to have grabbed a place in the play-off pack as Dean Smith’s side embarked upon a season-changing 10-match winning streak as they finished their campaign in strong fashion.

Indeed, Aston Villa recorded 12 wins from their last 14 matches overall and this includes a semi-final 1st leg 2-1 home win over west midlands rivals, West Brom which appeared to set Villa up for a fairly straightforward victory.

However, West Brom secured a 1-0 win in the 2nd leg at The Hawthorns to send the tie into extra-time and then eventually penalties which Villa ultimately won to take their place in Monday’s play-off final.

However, in early December it looked like Aston Villa’s hopes of grabbing a play-off spot seemed extremely unlikely as they’d gained just 2 wins from their subsequent 14 matches in what was a worrying sequence of results for not only the club but manager Dean Smith as his position looked in jeopardy.

But the return to fitness by influential midfielder, Jack Grealish, proved to a be a pivotal point in Villa’s season and his presence helped spark the west midlands club’s 10-match winning streak which sealed their place in the play-off pack.

Derby County finally grabbed 6th place in the Championship and the last remaining play-off spot when they beat West Brom 3-1 on the final day of the regular season which saw Frank Lampard’s side achieve the first of their goals this season.

It was a season of inconsistency, grabbing unlikely wins and just when you started to write The Rams off, they’d storm back with an impressive sequence of results to fire them back into contention for a play-off spot.

Derby’s wobbles started in mid-February when they went 4 league matches without a win in the Championship which included losses to east midlands arch-rivals, Nottingham Forest, and a 4-0 thumping by Monday’s play-off final opponents, Aston Villa at Villa Park in early March.

The Rams would then put together a decent run of results which saw them lose just once in their subsequent 12 matches, which included notable wins against play-off rivals, Bristol City and West Brom.

Derby’s success this season has coincided with the emphatic form of their Liverpool loanee, Harry Smith who has scored 16 goals to date, and along with fellow midfielders Mount and Lawrence as well as forwards Waghorn and Marriott up front, Derby possess a very serious threat in front of goal.

Villa counter with a quality packed midfield of Grealish, McGinn, Hourihane and Adomah with the experienced Whelan providing a valuable screen in front of the back four, and this midfield battle between Villa and The Rams will be an intriguing facet of this play-off final.

Perhaps the key to this intense battle will be the cutting edge up front - Villa possess leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham (25 goals) who has benefitted from the creativity of Grealish, Hourihane and McGinn this season, and whichever team can provide the best service to their front men will go a long way to winning this play-off final.

The Forebet prediction is that Aston Villa will just about edge this contest to return to the Premier League big time.

Home team - Away team Probability in% Forebet Correct score Avg. goals Weather conditions Odds Kelly Criterion Score
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Championship | Round 49, Promotion Play-offs - Final
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Aston VillaDerby County
27/05/2019 16:00 GMT
382636 1 2 - 0 2.38 15° 3.90 0.17
FT
2 - 1
(1 - 0)

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1
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1
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2
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Aston VillaWest Bromwich
11/05/2019 12:30
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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 94 46 27 13 6 93 57 36
2. Sheffield United 89 46 26 11 9 78 41 37
3. Leeds United 83 46 25 8 13 73 50 23
4. West Bromwich 80 46 23 11 12 87 62 25
5. Aston Villa 76 46 20 16 10 82 61 21
6. Derby County 74 46 20 14 12 69 54 15
7. Middlesbrough 73 46 20 13 13 49 41 8
8. Bristol City 70 46 19 13 14 59 53 6
9. Nottingham Forest 66 46 17 15 14 61 54 7
10. Swansea City 65 46 18 11 17 65 62 3
11. Sheffield Wednesday 64 46 16 16 14 60 62 -2
12. Hull City 62 46 17 11 18 66 68 -2
13. Brentford 61 45 16 13 16 72 59 13
14. Preston North End 61 46 16 13 17 67 67 0
15. Blackburn Rovers 60 46 16 12 18 64 69 -5
16. Stoke City 55 46 11 22 13 45 52 -7
17. Birmingham City 52 46 14 19 13 64 58 6
18. Wigan Athletic 52 46 13 13 20 51 64 -13
19. QPR 51 46 14 9 23 53 71 -18
20. Reading 47 46 10 17 19 49 66 -17
21. Millwall 44 46 10 14 22 48 64 -16
22. Rotherham 40 46 8 16 22 52 83 -31
23. Bolton Wanderers 32 45 8 8 29 29 77 -48
24. Ipswich Town 31 46 5 16 25 36 77 -41

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