Aston Villa, Fulham battle for Premier League promotion

Kristopher Nichols
May 27, 2018

Villa manager Steve Bruce is aiming to secure a record fifth promotion from the Championship, following previous successes with Birmingham and Hull.

The task is quite simple for the two sides competing at Wembley Stadium on Saturday; win and you're back in the Premier League.

Fulham finished third, missing out on automatic promotion by two points.

They succeeded, and will play in the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014 ended 13 straight seasons in the world's wealthiest and most-watched division.

Those stark facts highlight just how important this game was for both sides, with the agony etched onto the faces of Villa players as they failed to hide their agony at the final whistle a painful end to what has been a tough season for Bruce, who has mourned the death of both of his parents in the last few months.

Villa, relegated after 28 years in the top flight, were 19th when the former Manchester United defender was appointed and they went on to finish last season 13th. "It" s going to be a long game and we are going to see.

Below, we want you to remember (or, more likely guess) every team to have been promoted via the Championship playoff final since 1992/93.

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So, about the Championship Play-Off final half-time "entertainment".

"We are very proud and proud of Fulham today".

Grealish looked Villa's biggest threat and came close to drawing his side level in the 60th minute, jinking inside and out on a run before Marcus Bettinelli denied the attacking midfielder. "Unbelievable day", the 23-year-old Serbian said. And after seven season in the Championship, he said he was already looking forward to the next test.

"In the reserves we won every game, every trophy, it was easy".

For starters, their five loan players: Sam Johnstone, Axel Tuanzebe, Robert Snodgrass, Josh Onomah and Lewis Grabban will all have to go back to their parent clubs with no/little chance of signing them.

"We're the youngest team", the 49-year-old Serb told BBC Radio London.

"Slowly but surely we have tried to change it around". The Premier League is the most competitive league and we must be clever.

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