Aston Villa will be hoping to make a return to the top-tier of English football today but will have to defeat a Derby team that achieved a dramatic victory over Leeds in the semi-finals in order to do so.
Following Derby’s progression to the Championship play-off final, manager Frank Lampard stated the comeback against Leeds was “fantastic” and expressed his excitement about being able to compete for a place in the top-tier of English football.
He said: “I wanted it so much, sometimes you can want something too much, but we have done it tonight. They say emotions are intensified when you are a manager and it is true.
“As a manager you are worrying about so many different things, you feel responsible for everything, so the euphoria after a result like that, after losing the first leg 1-0, it is easy to get caught up in the emotion.
“The feeling I’ve had tonight matches anything I’ve had in football, the way I’m feeling right now. I aimed high, I was aware of the financial issues, so to get to Wembley, it is fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Villa manger Dean Smith recently emphasised his squad have the chance to become “icons” at the club if they pull of a victory later today.
He told BBC WM: “It’s not a normal game, we know that, you can’t hide it.
“The players have the chance to take an opportunity forward and become icons at Aston Villa.”
“We’ve been playing must-win games for the past 15 or 16 games now and Monday will be no different.”
How to watch Aston Villa vs Derby County
Aston Villa and Derby County will go toe-to-toe at Wembley Stadium this afternoon with kick-off taking place at 3pm.
Sky Sports Main Event (Sky channel 401, Sky HD 855, Virgin channel 511) and Sky Sports Football (Sky channel 403, Sky HD 857, Virgin channel 513, 404 TalkTalk) will broadcast the game with coverage commencing from 2pm.
That means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you’re an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.
Sky Go is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Sky Sports app, available to download on iOS and Android devices, will also be providing live text coverage and updates.
If you’re not currently a Sky Sports customer but can’t stand to miss out on the action then you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription.
Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, start at £8.99 a day, with a weekly pass starting from £14.99, and no locking in to a contract.
NOW TV doesn’t even require a typical television to use, as it is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.