Championship Playoff final: All you need to know ahead of the crunch match
Championship Playoff final: All you need to know ahead of the crunch match

Championship Playoff final: All you need to know ahead of the crunch match

Frank Lampard will play arguably his biggest match as a manager when his Derby County take on Aston Villa in the Playoff final set for Monday night. 

Derby and Villa qualified after seeing off Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion respectively in the semifinals, setting the Wembley date. 

Ahead of the match, here some of the things you need to know. 

Venue and time

The match will be staged at a neutral ground, with England's iconic Wembley Stadium playing host to the two sides starting from 3 pm BST.

Lampard vs Terry and Cole

Lampard, who is arguably the best midfielder to ever play for Chelsea and their all-time top scorer, will meet his former colleague and friend in John Terry.  

It will be an interesting encounter as the two managers clash in their young managerial careers. Another 'Blue' who will be involved tonight is Ashley Cole, who is currently playing for Derby. 

Amount at stake

The playoff has the biggest financial prize in sports with the winner taking home at least £170 million in added revenue over the next three years. It is considered the most valuable single-game prize in any team sport.

How you qualify for the playoff

Every season in England, the last three teams in the Top division (English Premier League) are relegated, with three sides promoted to take their positions. 

The top two from second-tier earn automatic promotion back to EPL, with the next four finishers battling for the remaining spot. 

Last year winners

Aston Villa will be keen not to lose a second consecutive playoff final, after losing last year 1-0 to Fulham, who gained promotion but have once again been relegated in the recently finished Premier League season. 

Head to Head record

Terry and company have gotten the better of Lampard and Derby County in this seasons two matches, winning with a 3-0 and 4-0 margin. Aston Villa seems to have the edge of Derby as this indicates;

Total Games Played: 140
Aston Villa wins: 71
Derby: 44
Draws: 25 

Derby last played in English's top flight in the 2007/08 season, while Villa, on the other hand, were relegated in 2016, having played in every Premier League season since its establishment in 1992–93.

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