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  1. Winners of Wembley play-off final will be promoted to the Premier League
  2. Promotion worth at least £170m, according to financial experts Deloitte
  3. Team news: Albert Adomah replaces Andre Green in Villa starting XI, Ashley Cole starts at left-back for Derby
  4. Get involved using #bbcefl on social media

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Derby

    First corner goes Villa’s way as Anwar El Ghazi’s cross is deflected behind… comes in…

    BREAKS TO AXEL TUANZEBE?! He airshots it… total miskick and Derby clear.

    Rattled… but Villa will be frustrated to have passed up that opportunity. Derby didn’t cope with the set-piece at all.

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Derby

    Jack Grealish

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    Love the fact Jack Grealish is strolling about the lush green of Wembley’s turf with his trademark “socks down” look. Cool and calm.

    Villa win a free-kick and the ball is worked wide to Anwar El Ghazi, who runs at Jayden Bogle, who wins the ball at the expense of a throw.

    From that throw, Tom Lawrence hammered into Tyrone Mings – another free-kick.

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    Aston Villa 0-0 Derby

    It’s the type of game where you don’t even need an emotional investment to get that knot in the stomach.

    Just an appreciation of how big this game is and the nerves that they bring.

    Early stages, plenty to midfield ratting about and scrapping while we await some rhythm to break out.

    Ashley Cole does well to hold off John McGinn’s burst down the right, winning the free-kick as the Villa man chased the ball down with him.


    Aston Villa 0-0 Derby

    The two teams go into huddle. Then peel away.

    We’re about to go.

    Villa to kick-off. They were here 12 months ago.

    Off we go.

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    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    A heck of a noise at Wembley. Deafening. Flagmakers will be quids in from this weekend.

    Aston Villa fans

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    Derby fans

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  6. Royalty in presence

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Not an awful lot of singing among the players at Wembley, they’re in the moment.

    However, Villa fan Prince William was singing. It’s his grandma after all.

    Here we go. Ceremony dispensed with. Let’s get it on.

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    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Interesting to see the body language as the handshakes with the dignitaries are carried out at Wembley.

    Polite, but firm from most players. It’s almost glassy-eyed, on with the job of winning.

    Laura Wright tackles the national anthem.

  8. How are the nerves?

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    Derby have two youngsters on the bench who have never made a Rams first-team appearance between them.

    Left-back Calum McDonald provides cover for Ashley Cole, while there is also a place for 18-year-old midfielder Jason Knight.

  9. Teams are in the tunnel

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Bit of a laugh and handshake between Dean Smith and Frank Lampard… then, it’s business time.

    Teams emerge from the tunnel, a cacophony of noise and an assault on the senses.

    We’re so close now to THE biggest game in domestic football. Certainly, the richest.

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    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    The preparation is nearly done and it’s nearly time for the action to start.

    Tom Huddlestone

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  11. ‘Derby went up a level at Leeds’

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Former England boss Steve McClaren managed Derby in the 2014 Championship play-off final, which they lost 1-0 to a last-gasp QPR goal.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The team that wins will be the one who handles it the best, playing at Wembley doesn’t matter if it’s for £170m or whatever. It takes courage and belief.

    “These two teams need to win this game because of the financial situation.”

    As for the man currently in the Pride Park hotseat, McClaren added: “Frank Lampard proved his worth and went up another level as a manager with what he did at Leeds – going away to win there is unbelievable.

    “The team went up another level. They just have to produce that again.”

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    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    It’s simmering nicely in the stands now…

    Villa fans

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    Derby fans

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    Villa fan

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  13. Redemption time for Keogh

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Richard Keogh

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    There will be some bitter memories for Derby County fans regarding their last visit to Wembley in 2014, when a late, late winner for Queens Park Rangers left the Rams shattered on a searing-hot afternoon.

    Bobby Zamora’s strike came from an error by Richard Keogh, a moment which would have been a crushing blow to many players.

    However, the Rams captain has remained a key fixture at Pride Park, and a major figure in the Rams side which made it to Wembley. What price he gets to lift the cup today and celebrate a spot in the Premier League?


    Gary Flower:Best result for a Chelsea fan is a Derby win with Tammy Abraham scoring for Aston Villa. Can’t wait.

    Mick Taylor:Come on you Rams!

    Going with ‘Super Frankie Lampard’ today! (Sorry JT and Tammy!)

    Jacob Dyer:As a Chelsea fan, I’d rather Derby win so Lamps can have a crack at the Premier League to show he’s got what it takes as a manager as well as a player.

    A Derby win seems to be a popular wish among Chelsea fans today…

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    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    The two teams are out on the field warming up.

    At the side of the pitch next to the tunnel is a 20ft replica of the play-off trophy, just in case the players needed reminding of what they’re playing for…

    Aston Villa warm up

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  16. Atmosphere continues to build

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at Wembley

    It’s been a bit lively outside as kick-off approaches. Wembley Way was increasingly noisy and both sets of fans were in good voice trying to outsing each other.

    There were a few times where a brief pause in hostilities saw a united front to have a not-so-subtle dig at Leeds.

    Normal service resumed straight over.

  17. Semis rewind: Derby

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Harry Wilson

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    Frank Lampard had the last laugh over Leeds United, after his Derby side turned around a first-leg deficit to book their Wembley place.

    The two foes, whose initial rivalry was spurred by the personal animosity of respective coaches Brian Clough and Don Revie back in the early 1970s, were paired together by their league finishes – and Leeds were 1-0 winners at Pride Park in the first leg.

    Lampard was not happy with referee Craig Pawson overturning a penalty in the match, and Leeds fans had created a chant to the Oasis song ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ in response.

    However, it was the Leeds fans ‘crying’ after the second leg, as Derby won 4-2 thanks to goals from three of Lampard’s summer signings. Jack Marriott, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson all scored.

  18. Semis rewind: Villa

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Jed Steer

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    It took a penalty shootout to get Aston Villa through to Wembley for the second season running, as they saw off West Brom in a derby thriller.

    Villa won 2-1 in the first leg, with Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham scoring, while Dwight Gayle scored and was sent off for the Baggies.

    The Baggies levelled things up in the second leg, winning 1-0 with a Craig Dawson goal, and extra-time could not separate them.

    Jed Steer had saved from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi for Villa, and Abraham slotted in the decisive spot-kick to lead Dean Smith’s side to the final.

  19. ‘It’s more than just the £170m’

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Paul Lambert

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    The riches on offer to these two teams are a major incentive to gain promotion to the Premier League, with £170m of central funding through television rights and other boosts for just being there.

    However, former Villa boss Paul Lambert told BBC Radio 5 Live that that won’t mean so much to the players, who just want to be in the top flight.

    “Everyone knows it’s a one-off game, it’s not just the finances, it’s about the prestige,” he said. “Villa and Derby have had their fair share of disappointments, but for the players it’s only about prestige.

    “For everyone around the football club – the finances are important but the footballers the kudos is being in the Premier League.”

    Lambert’s old club were beaten at this stage last season, losing 1-0 to Fulham to miss out on a return to the elite level.

    “The lads who played in that last game, they will have that Fulham defeat in their minds,” Lambert added.

    “You play the game not the occasion, the better team will certainly win whoever handles that.”

  20. Derby ready for promotion ram-raid?

    Aston Villa v Derby County (15:00 BST)

    Mason Mount

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    Frank Lampard’s mission at the start of this season was merely to stabilise, so to find his Derby side within 90 minutes of the Premier League marks a remarkable first campaign in the job for the former England midfielder.

    He used his contacts wisely to bring in talent such as Mason Mount and Fikayo Timori from old club Chelsea, as well as the smart acquisitions of Liverpool’s Harry Wilson on loan and the signing of Jack Marriott from Peterborough.

    Having flitted around the top six for much of the season, Derby had to sweat until the final day of the season for their spot, and saw off old foes Leeds in the play-off semis.

    Can the Rams secure promotion ahead of schedule? You wouldn’t bet against serial winner Lampard continuing his Wembley run.