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



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Utilise set pieces

Set pieces will be key for Villa in this game because they are unlikely to see much of possession, so they are likely to be limited to quick transitions as well as dead-ball opportunities.

They used this well against Boro because Mile Jedinak scored the solitary goal over the two legs with a header from a corner. Villa can utilise their height advantage as well as the physical profiles they have in their squad. For example, Denis Odoi is one of Fulham’s centre-backs, but he is one of the smallest players on the team, although he did score a header against Derby.

Maximising these big opportunities with designed routines is one of their best ways to grab a goal in this nervy encounter. They have an excellent set piece specialist in Robert Snodgrass, so getting the best out of him will be key.

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