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Wembley redemption for Villa

Wembley redemption for Villa

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The most lucrative game in football takes place on Monday as Aston Villa take on Derby County at Wembley in the Championship play-off final.

A place in the Premier League beckons for the winner, while heartache and another season in the second tier will provide no consolation for the losers.

Aston Villa to win @ 6/5

Wembley was not kind to Villa last season as they lost out in this game to Fulham. Since then they have changed manager from Steve Bruce to Dean Smith and after a mixed start, the boyhood Villan has come good.

Frank Lampard also deserves commending for all he has done for the Rams since taking charge last summer and just like in his playing days, appears destined for the top as a coach.

However, it is unclear if that will occur with the Rams and after the joy of winning 4-2 at Leeds to book their spot in this game, it might be contrasting emotions for him at Wembley.

Under 2.5 goals @ 4/5

A tight game is expected, despite Villa winning both regular-season games at an aggregate of 7-0 and having scored in the last three meetings between the pair.

Despite netting four times at Elland Road, the Rams were kept at arm’s length in their 1-0 first-leg defeat to the Whites.

Derby appear a team who seem to become frustrated if things do not go their way early on and Villa will look to frustrate them and then nick one on the break.

Tammy Abraham to score first @ 7/2

One man for the big occasion is Tammy Abraham, netting the winning penalty in the semi-final shootout win over West Brom.

Abraham had also scored in the first leg against the Baggies, after striking 26 times during the campaign.

Lampard will highlight the 21-year-old as an opposition dangerman and fellow Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori will be tasked with trying to mark him out of the game.

That may prove easier said than done though and it will be no surprise if the England international again emerges as the hero.

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