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Fulham set for richest game in football against Aston Villa

Ryan Sessegnon has been a key component. Credit: PA

Fulham will play Aston Villa in the richest prize in football when they face each one another in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

For the victor it will be a place in the Premier League and potential earnings of up to £280million, according to Deloitte. For the loser, it will mean another gruelling 46-game campaign in the second tier.

It would be a return to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2014 when Felix Magath took them down.

The Londoners only missed out on promotion by two points, finishing third behind Cardiff City thanks to a fantastic run in the second half of the season, which saw them go 23 games unbeaten until the final defeat at Birmingham City.

The signing of Aleksandar Mitrovic was key to the success of Slavisa Jokanovic's side. The Serb has scored 12 goals in 17 appearances for the Cottagers since arriving on loan in January from Newcastle United.

Ryan Sessegnon has proved to be the finest teenager in the Championship, potentially the country. He scored in the second-leg semi-final victory over Derby which led Fulham to Wembley. The youngster has netted 16 goals and assisted another seven over the course of the season and his input against Aston Villa will be vital.

Aleksandar Mitrovic arrived in January. Credit: PA

Sessegnon's team-mate, Kevin McDonald, praised the winger, he said: "Since I've been at the club, he's had a good two years. There's no denying it.

"He's been fantastic this season. He was incredible last season. You can't speak highly enough of him.

"As a player, as a kid, everything. He's got it all. He's a grounded kid, the same as his brother. They must come from a good family.

"He is willing to learn and is continuing to learn every day. He is always asking questions.

"He's got the world at his feet. I've got full confidence he will do it on the big stage on Saturday and I would love it if Sess was to score the winner for us.

"It would top off a fantastic two seasons for the guy, and after that we will see what happens."

Slavisa Jokanovic will take his team to Wembley. Credit: PA

Along with the star turns the consistency of defence, particularly Tim Ream and Ryan Fredericks has helped lay the foundations for the run to the play-off final.

Now everything is reliant on 90 minutes of action at Wembley, with the potential of extra-time and penalties.

During the two games this season between the two clubs, both side's have a home victory each to their name. Aston Villa won 2-1 in October thanks to goals from Albert Adomah and John Terry, while Fulham earn the points at Craven Cottage in February as Sessegnon and Floyd Ayite got the better of Steve Bruce's team.

The two results prove how close the two teams are, not to mention them finishing third and fourth, respectively, with Fulham being seen as a young, talented team, set to face a more experienced side who can boast the former England captain Terry.

It should be an enthralling contest at Wembley with a little bit of Sessegnon magic or Mitrovic dynamism in front of goal what could just swing it Fulham's way and return them to the promised land.