Aston Villa vs Derby County Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Both in confident spirits after a late season surge, Al Hain-Cole expects Smith's Villans and Lampard's Rams to each get on target at Wembley

The most lucrative match in football will take place at Wembley on Monday, as Aston Villa and on Derby County compete for a place in the Premier League in the Championship play-off final.

Dean Smith's Villans are hoping to make amends for their defeat in last season's final, going down 1-0 to Fulham and missing out on an immediate return to the top flight.

Latest odds

Having won both league encounters against this opposition by an aggregate 7-0 scoreline, they are 5/4 (2.25) favourites with bet365 to put that defeat behind them by coming out on top.

However, Frank Lampard's men have lost just twice in 14 fixtures, and are available at 13/5 (3.60) to return to the Premier League after a 12-year absence with a victory here.

Mason Mount Derby County

Just two of the previous 14 Championship play-off finals have been tied after 90 minutes, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on this one resulting in a draw.

Team news

Axel Tuanzebe is a doubt after coming off with an ankle injury in the semi-final second leg against West Brom, while James Chester and Orjan Nyland are both ruled out.

Craig Bryson will face a late fitness test as he recovers from ankle ligament damage, although Curtis Davies and Craig Forsyth are both long-term absentees and Scott Malone is suspended.

Preview

Despite both making it into the play-offs thanks to late season surges, this pair earned their place in the final after seeing off Leeds and West Brom sides that had spent the majority of the campaign in strong contention for automatic contention.

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With both teams therefore in confident spirits, an entertaining final looks likely considering the firepower available at each end.

Smith's side has failed to score just once in 15 fixtures, although they have only kept two clean sheets in their most recent 10 games.

Meanwhile, the Rams have averaged over two goals per game over the last 11 matches, but have conceded at least one in seven of those.

Predictions

All in all, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem like solid value on both Villa and Derby getting on target in a fitting Championship finale.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with bet365

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