Out of the thousands of soccer games that take place around the world each season, there are a handful that stand out from the rest.
The World Cup final, the Champions League final and even the Copa Libertadores final are all games that deserve their place on the fridge calendar. Another special football event that also makes this list is the championship play-off final.
With entry into the Premier League hanging in the balance, this is a game rightly called the richest game in the world.
According to Deloitte, the winner of Sunday’s encounter could see an increase in revenue of between £135million and £265million – much of that depends on whether a team manages to avoid an immediate drop.
Wembley Stadium is expected to be filled to the rafters while Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town compete for their place among the elite and the riches that come with it.
It seemed almost impossible for Forest to play in that game after starting the season with six losses in seven games.
It has been 23 years since the Reds experienced top-flight football and the two-time European Cup winners are dying to make it big.
For Huddersfield, the play-off final will bring back memories of their famous Wembley win in 2017, which began their two-year Premier League tenure.
The Terriers have developed a taste for top-flight football of late and are back for another bite into the £100m cherry.
When: Sunday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m. CET
Where: Wembley Stadium
Where to see: Sky Sports
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Jon Moss has one last job before he officially quits his career and returns to his record shop in Leeds.
The 51-year-old has spent most of his season in the Premier League, where yellow cards and penalties have been handed out in abundance.
Season statistics 2021/22: Matches (31), yellow cards (73), red cards (4), penalties (7)
Huddersfield go into Sunday’s game unbeaten in nine games.
The Terriers made it through the playoff semi-finals with great caution, recreating their 1-1 draw at Luton with a 1-0 win at John Smith’s Stadium.
Carlos Corberan’s men have conceded just three goals in their last six games which means we could face a close clash at Wembley.
Forest, on the other hand, had to defeat Sheffield United on penalties before securing their place in the final.
Steve Cooper’s side have racked up a string of eye-catching victories in recent weeks, including a 4-0 win over West Brom and a 5-1 humiliation over Swansea.
last time out
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Huddersfield Town (FA Cup – 7 March 2022)
Nottingham Forest secured a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a home win against the Terriers.
Tom Lees opened the scoring for the visitors before two first-half attempts from Sam Surridge and Ryan Yates completed the turnaround.
Forest met Liverpool in the quarter-finals and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat.
Last 10 league games
Huddersfield wins: 6
Nottingham Forest wins: 3
Huddersfield goals: 12
Nottingham Forest Objectives: 10
Steve Cooper, Nottingham Forest boss said: “It means a lot to me when people are proud of their club. I’m very proud of that.
“It also makes me feel like we need to keep striving to improve. We must keep trying not to let anyone down.
“If people are proud of their club then let’s do our best to increase that and not take it for granted. I like feeling that way.”
Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan said: “There are two parts to these types of games, the special part of the game and the game part, and I was so focused on the game part. I can’t tell you how I’ll feel that day because I’ve never been to Wembley, that’s true, but I’ve been to a lot of big games.
“But one of the quietest games I’ve had as Huddersfield coach was the second leg of the play-off semifinals last week. As a coach, you worry when you see things not going well in the team and you’re calm when they’re going well, more than the impact of the game.
Estimated teams between Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield’s Danny Ward had to be substituted off injured in the play-off semi-final against Luton.
The player is expected to play at Wembley, although the Terriers have support in the form of Jordan Rhodes.
Forest, meanwhile, could count on Keinan Davis, who showed fitness after making two substitutions in the semi-final against Sheffield United.
Possible Huddersfield starting line-up: Nicholls, Lees, Hogg, Colwill, Pipa, Russell, O’Brien, Toffolo, Sinani, Ward, Thomas
Possible Nottingham Forest starting line-up: Samba, Worrall, Cook, McKenna, Spence, Yates, Garner, Colback, Zinkernagel, Davis, Johnson
Huddersfield vs Nottingham Forest Prediction
It was a poor start to the weekend for the city of Huddersfield as their rugby league side suffered defeat in the Challenge Cup final at Tottenham on Saturday.
We expect the football team to suffer a similar fate if Nottingham Forest ends a fairytale season with a win at Wembley. It’s going to be tight but Forest will top it with a goal.
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