Tip Derby County - Aston Villa
Aston Villa lost in the Championship promotion play-off game last season and will be looking to avoid a repetition of that on Monday. They didn't even look like making it into the top six a few months ago when languishing outside the top ten. A run of 10 straight league wins took them into the play-off positions and a semi-final against West Bromwich Albion. That went all the way to penalties after winning the home leg 2-1 but losing 1-0 at the Hawthorns. They have no major injury worries for this game and have beaten their opponents twice this season, scoring seven goals and not conceding any.
Will Frank Lampard be going to Stamford Bridge next season? His second season as a manager could see him as boss of Chelsea but at present, he'd love to be going there with Derby County after winning promotion on Monday. Derby didn't have an easy time making it into the play-offs. Their home form was good enough but they struggled on the road with just four points from eight games before a vital win at Bristol City. They had to come from behind to get past Leeds United in the play-off semi-finals and this should be a cracking match against Villa and the tip here is for an Aston Villa victory.
Key points Derby County - Aston Villa
Over 90 minutes Aston Villa have only lost two of their last 15 games.
Aston Villa did the league double over Derby County this season beating them 4-0 and 3-0.
Derby County have only won two of their last 11 away games.
Conclusion Derby County - Aston Villa
This should be an exciting game with so much at stake. Aston Villa had a great end to the season and a form guide for the last ten games of the season had them top of the table. They easily beat Derby in their two league games and have an impressive strike force. Derby aren't the most consistent of teams when not playing at home and Villa can get the win here.
Derby County Aston Villa Prediction published on May 27, 2019