After two football matches, one-hundred and eighty agonising minutes and one goal, Aston Villa are a single match away from competing in the 18/19 Premier League season.
A two-legged victory over Middlesbrough has guaranteed the Villans a place in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium where they will play Fulham FC. It’s going to be a massive occasion for Villa fans, and one that plenty will tune in for.
So, how are you going to watch this game? Live or on the TV? You’ve got a few days to make your choice, but you’ll have to act fast. Tickets are on sale as soon as tomorrow. Veterans and first-timers will be welcome, so with that in mind, here’s some more information on Villa’s season finale.
When, Where & Getting There
The game will take place at the iconic Wembley Stadium on Saturday the 26th of May at 17:00pm UK time. That’s the same day as the Champions League final - but fear not, Liverpool and Real Madrid will be kicking off after the conclusion of this game.
Wembley Stadium is located within Wembley, Greater London and should be incredibly accessible. It’s served by a few train stations - namely Wembley and Wembley Central.
Trains are going to be rough on the day. It’s a bank holiday and Network Rail have maintenance planned, especially through Birmingham New Street station. THIS IS CRITICAL. If you are travelling through New Street to London Euston, please check the train schedule well before you travel. Here’s some more info on that.
Driving is driving. There may or may not be traffic, but that’s going to be helped by the fact that Fulham are based in London, so in theory, that should reduce the amount of cars heading into the city from the north (as opposed to say Derby County who would have to travel the same route as Villa). Villa will run coach travel and some Lions Clubs will also do the same. Keep your ear to the ground on this.
That doesn’t mean that there are no Villans in the capital city. The London Lions should be on hand to guide you.
If you’re flying in, leave yourself plenty of time. It’s a bank holiday and it’s probably going to be chaos. Give yourself room, patience and time. Check out AIRBNB very quickly if you’re stopping over.
As for the rules, It’s your standard ninety minutes with extra-time and penalties. Plan for over two hours of football, just in-case.
So, for a quick roundup:
Who: Aston Villa vs Fulham FC
What: Championship Play-Off Final
Where: Wembley Stadium (Neutral)
When: 17:00pm UK, 12:00pm Eastern, 9:00am Pacific
The tickets are sold on a partisan basis - basically meaning that if you want a ticket, you’ll need to go through the club. The tickets for the final go on sale as soon as tomorrow.
Wembley Stadium has a working capacity of 90,000, but this will likely be reduced for segregation between fans. Aston Villa have been awarded an allocation of 38,144 tickets - which is around the same amount of home support that can fit in Villa Park.
This means that if you’re waiting for tickets to go on general sale, it’s going to be tight. The play-off semi-final was a sell-out and general sale tickets didn’t hang around for more than 24 hours after release.
Season ticket holders and members will be able to buy their final tickets online from as soon as 17:00pm in the UK on the 16th of May. On the 22nd of May, the tickets will go on general sale - but do not hold out much hope here.
Ticket prices range from £98 to £36 for Adults and £18 to £49 for Juniors.
Once more, to sum it up:
When are they on sale?: 16th of May for season ticket holders, 22nd of May for general sale
Where can I buy them from?: Here
Prices: £98 to £36
How Else Can I Follow?
The game will 100% be televised by Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN + in the United States (unless the US elect to air it on TV, but that hasn’t been the case thus far). In Australia the game will likely appear on BeIn Sports as well. Games have been aired on Talksport Radio and Sirius XM as well.
Failing that, we’ll be able to provide you with coverage on this very site and through our Twitter feed, so give us a follow.
To round that up:
TV: (Will be updated)
USA: ESPN +, the streaming service, will likely host the game.
UK & Ireland: Sky Sports Main Event. Sky Sports Football.
Australia: BeIn Sports 2
Rest of the World: Other listings are available from livesoccertv.com.
Available video streaming: In Australia you can grab the game on BeIn Sports Connect. In the United States you’ll need to use ESPN + to stream the game. In the UK you can watch the match on Now TV or Sky Go.
Available radio: Talksport, SiriusXM FC, BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).
We’ll also have a podcast up before the final
We’ll update this on the day with more information on following the game. In the meantime, UP THE VILLA! Thanks!