Every year this is one of the most anticipated games in football. It is one of the biggest games in football. The prize includes a place in the Premier League and the massive riches that follow. Ninety minutes that defines the season of two teams desperate to find themselves in the elite league in England. Aston Villa vs Derby. Who will end up there?
Aston Villa need to be there more than Derby. I want Aston Villa to be there more than Derby. I think Aston Villa will be there instead of Derby. But a play off final at Wembley never works like that. Throw away the favourite tags. Look what Derby did to Leeds in the last round. In a match like this... Its 50/50.
Villa are a massive club and the fans have been clamouring to get back up there for years. They have to get back up to the big league. Players like Grealish, Mcginn and Abraham are probably good enough to play in the Premier League and as a whole, the Villa team are better than Derby. But Derby and Lampard have had a wonderful season. He has got the best out of his players and with a team you wouldn't expect to be in this position, he has put them on the brink of a Premier League place. I don't expect this to be a game where one team has the ball and the other defends. Both teams will go for it. This has the ingredients for a really exciting game.
As mentioned earlier, I think Villa will win and I think they'll win 2-1. But predictions are pointless at this stage and the only way you'll know who is going to win is by watching the game. I'd love to see Villa back in the big time but you know what, it wouldn't be too bad either to see super Frankie Lampard working his magic in the technical area and not in the penalty area next season.
The England U21 squad for the European Championships just came out. Players including
Foden, Maddison and Wan-Bissaka have been called up. It is a really strong squad. England will surely be one of the favourites to take home the trophy this summer. But that is for another day. I will speak about it more in the future.
I will be back tomorrow for a review AND preview.