After Norwich ran away with the championship title, booking their spot in the premier league next season and Sheffield United also guaranteeing their place in the English first division for the upcoming 2019-20 season by grabbing the second place in the championship, it’s time to take a look at the promotion playoffs due today between Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion, and Leeds United vs Derby County, with the latter certainly deemed a hyper tensed clash.
ASTON VILLA VS WEST BROM
To give you a background check, Aston Villa finished fifth in the league table racking up 76 points with a +21 goal difference. Having a fluctuating season with 10 victories and 9 defeats, and not settling until early March, from where they gathered up their form and went on to win 10 matches out of 12 with a solitary draw securing their place for the playoffs. Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, scoring most goals for the club (25), with Conor Hourihane providing the most assists (11) while the young arousing English midfield sensation Jack Grealish being influential for the club throughout most of the season.
West Brom, on the other hand, amassed a total of 80 points finishing fourth with a +25 goal difference. They had a much steadier path than Villa into the top 6, winning 23 of their fixtures, losing 12 while drawing 11 in the process. Dwight Gayle being the top scorer for the Baggies with 23 goals. Jay Rodriguez not far behind with 22 while Matt Phillips with the most assists (7).
Talking about this encounter between the two clubs, there would be plenty of action for the viewers to get excited for. Will this slide under the radar by being a conservatively approached match taking it to the returning leg to get decided or will everyone give their best once and for all to win it for good? Find out today!
LEEDS VS DERBY
One would not be lying if they say Leeds is the most exciting side to play in the Championship from neutral perspective. Why? Marcelo Bielsa. So many promising and already great managers learned their bit from this football fanatico. They call him “El Loco” (The crazy one) for a reason. So much to learn about and to talk about, but that for another day. Today we take a look at his Leeds side who, contrary to what the majority believed might have made it to the premier league with not much unease, they missed out surprisingly. Unfortunately, to a slip up at the end.
Leeds under Bielsa finished third in the table grabbing 83 points with a +25 goal difference. Having a promising start and a journey full of jitters but commitment, Leeds lost their way just near at the end of the season losing 4 matches out of 7, winning two and drawing one costing them the second spot to Sheffield, thus missing out the automatic qualification. Kemar Roofe scoring the most goals (14) for the whites. Pablo Hernandez with the second most goals (12) and most assists (12) as well making the Spaniard a very key part of Marcelo’s side.
And now, the major share of light on Frank Lampard. What a career as a player and what a debut season as the manager of Derby County. Deserves all the plaudits for what he has achieved so far.
So, putting the spotlight on his Derby side, they finished sixth in the championship, the last to qualify, with a +15 goal difference. Derby under him had a very steady route into the top 6, winning 20 matches, losing 12 while drawing 14. Very gritty to get the job done making it to the final four of the elimination playoffs.
Leeds vs Derby is the most anticipated fixture of the two and it makes sense why. Two humongous personalities you have with Lampard and Bielsa, albeit, not similar in context but of huge stature in footballing universe ready to go against each other although the latter got the better of him in the league fixtures but this is what matters now.
All to take for. Keep track of your watches!