And it’s definitely worth working into your bank holiday plans. Villa, revived under Dean Smith’s management, are hoping to extinguish the pain of last year’s final defeat to Fulham and reclaim their top-flight status.
Villa finished above Derby in the table but Frank Lampard’s Rams are buoyant after dispatching Leeds United in dramatic fashion in the semi-final.
Promotion would represent a significant achievement for the Chelsea legend at the end of his first year in management.
Villa and Derby boast two of the best squads in the Championship. There is quality everywhere you look, players who can easily cut it in the Premier League.
And ahead of Monday’s showpiece, we’ve done our Villa-Derby combined XI. It was a tough one, but we’re happy with how it’s turned out.
Check it out in the embedded video above.