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13 goal contributions each: Aston Villa and Derby’s midfield maestros who could decide the play-off final

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We have just six days left to wait before one of the biggest matches in the footballing calendar takes place at Wembley stadium – the Championship play-off final. 

This year sees two of the country’s most historic clubs face off against each other with Aston Villa and Derby County battling it out for a place in the Premier League.

Dean Smith’s side were the first to book their place in the final, seeing off local rivals West Bromwich Albion on penalties after the pair could not be separated over two legs.

But a day later Frank Lampard joined him. After going down 2-0 on aggregate to Leeds United at the start of their second leg at Elland Road, the Rams pulled off one of the great play-off results, scoring four times to win 4-2 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

Two players who were absolutely crucial in their respective ties were midfielders Jack Grealish and Mason Mount.

But who will come out on top in the final?

A glance at the statistics shows just how close a battle this is likely to be under the Wembley arch.

Both players have been directly involved in 13 goals for their respective sides, although Grealish accomplished it in four fewer games.

Although Mount can boast a braver nature in front of goal, taking on 0.4 more shots on average than his Villa counterpart, it is Grealish who comprehensively beats the Chelsea loanee in key passes per game as well as pass success.

Whilst their is no doubt that Mount comes into the clash off the back of the better performance, and may be more likely to score an important goal, the season stats in terms of creativity back Villa’s local hero to get the better of him on the big day.

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