On Monday, Aston Villa will vie against Derby County in the championship playoff final. Both the clubs are desperate to return to the Premier League. The match has been attributed as the richest match in football history with 170 million Euros at stake.

BusinessDay website reported more details about the gloomy phrase both the clubs are facing. Aston Villa has been going through a dry spell for a while. They have been out of the top flight for three consecutive seasons.

Derby has been stuck in second-tier of English football since relegation in 2008. A ten-match winning streak during the run-in propelled Dean Smith’s Villa side into the playoffs where they got past West Midland’s rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Thankfully, things have been looking up for Derby County Lately. They won against leeds United by 4-2 which garnered them a place at Wembly.

The manager of the Derby thinks his team is ready to participate in high-voltage matches. In his words, “The ‘cup’ football feeling has been good for us.  We’ve had to get results for a while now, going to back to probably the QPR (Queens Parks Ranger) game (a 2-0 home win on the 22nd of April). We will need big mentality.”

Deloitte’s Sports Business Group analyzed that promotion will being a hike of at least 170 million Euros, rising to a minimum playoff winners avoid relegation in their first season.

The 170 million includes 95 million revenues from playing in the Premier League in 2019-20, mostly from broadcast and commercial revenues, and a total of 75 million in parachute payments in 2020-21 and 2022 if they take a straight down. However, the 170 million rises to at least 300 million if they survive their first season in the top flight.

Both the clubs have glorious histories to make the supporters root for a comeback. Aston Villa won Champions league for seven times. Derby won English Champions twice in the 70s.


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