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The tactical approach Aston Villa must take to beat Fulham in the play-off final



Steve Bruce will have to get his tactics right if he wants to beat this flowing Fulham side.

Villa and Fulham are just one match away from achieving their aim of Premier League football. They finished fourth and third in the league respectively, so it’s no shock that they were able to see off Boro and Derby between them.

The final is a much tougher task because there is no second leg to save themselves and nerves play a much bigger part with Huddersfield’s victory on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regular time last season being a good example.

Bruce has prior experience of taking Birmingham and Hull through the play-offs in 2002 and 2016, but few Championship sides have been as dangerous as Fulham when they reach their peak.

Here are three things his team must do to come away victorious…