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Play-Off Final: In numbers

The facts and figures ahead of Aston Villa versus Fulham

25 May 2018

With Saturday's Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final approaching, and with a little help from Opta, we've crunched the numbers ahead of Aston Villa versus Fulham.

1 - Fulham are featuring in the first play-off final in the club’s history

2 - Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has won two out of two play-off finals, with Birmingham City in 2002 and with Hull City two years ago.

2 - Two of those Hull players are now at Villa Park, with Robert Snodgrass and Ahmed Elmohamady reuniting with their former boss.

3 - Bruce will become the third manager to manage in three second-tier play-off finals, following in the footsteps of Brian Little and Ian Holloway

4 - The Villans’ gaffer has four promotions to the top flight under his belt, a joint record held with Neil Warnock.

5 - The number of Championship points between the sides, with Fulham third on 88 and Villa fourth with 83.

5 - Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks, Tom Cairney and Ryan Sessegnon appeared in the Championship Team of the Season, along with Aston Villa duo John Terry and Albert Adomah.

6 - The number of play-off ties in which Aston Villa striker Lewis Grabban has played, failing to score in any of those appearances.

7 - Aston Villa racked up seven straight wins from the end of December onwards, finally coming unstuck against Fulham in mid-February.

12 - January addition Aleksandar Mitrovic notched 12 goals in a run of 13 games to fire the Cottagers to third place.

14 - Aston Villa’s top scorer this season is Albert Adomah; Lewis Grabban has notched 20 goals, but 12 of those came while on loan at Sunderland.

14 - On the creative front, no Championship player has laid on more goals than Robert Snodgrass, who registered 14 assists.

15 - Ryan Sessegnon is Fulham’s top scorer this season, notching 15 goals from the left-hand side.

23 - Fulham went unbeaten from mid-December to the final game of the season, a run of 23 games – a streak unmatched in the EFL this term.

43 - Fulham appear at Wembley for only the second time, 43 years on from defeat in the 1975 FA Cup Final.

140 - The amount of on-pitch minutes since Sam Johnstone faced a shot on target, having kept Middlesbrough out of reach since the 40th minute of their first leg tie.

8370 - Including the play-off semi-finals, the amount of EFL minutes James Chester has played consecutively for Aston Villa – 93 games in a row.

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