All roads lead to Wembley for these two teams, who have both recently experienced the worst that football can throw at you.
The Dons’ story is fairly high profile thanks to their FA Cup meeting with Liverpool earlier this season, and were formed after Wimbledon FC relocated to Milton Keynes in the early 2000s.
They came through five promotions and spent the previous four seasons in the fourth tier, meaning that this term’s 7th place finish was the highest in the club’s history. And because of this, most neutrals watching Bank Holiday Monday’s showdown will want the Dons to win.
Plymouth have had their own difficulties, and were just minutes from liquidation before James Brent stepped in and bought the club, and also survived relegation into the then-Conference back in the 2012-13 season, finishing 21st. Ever since then, they haven’t looked back, and played some good football this season as they topped the league for a long time.
Whilst many bookmakers will probably make the Pilgrims favourites, and if Plymouth were to turn up playing their best football they should win, Derek Adams will be well aware to not underestimate the Dons.
Adebayo Akinfenwa himself is a handful, pulling defenders all over the place and whilst this may not always lead to scoring opportunities for himself, he often plays in his team mates for a chance.
The pace of Lyle Taylor and Ade Azeez will cause problems for Kelvin Mellor and Gary Sawyer, whilst if you give Jake Reeves too much time he could pick out a killer pass.
He also showed Accrington Stanley what he can do with the ball at his feet, setting up the goal that sent Neal Ardley’s side through to the final.
Argyle’s wingers, Jake Jervis and Gregg Wylde, like to push on and their pace has ripped many teams in the division to shreds. They will have to help their full-backs, however, as the Wimbledon front line can be a handful.