We take a look at the Championship play off-final. From key moments, goals, assists, player and team performances and more, we check out how the most financially rewarding match in world football went and who came out on top.
FPL managers would have been keeping a close eye on the Championship play-off final. The winner of the prestigious match wins promotion to the Premier League. Because of this, it could be important to highlight key players and performers from the final.
Key players ahead of the match
- Coventry – Striker Viktor Gyokeres has been instrumental to his side’s position this campaign. The Swedish international managed a mammoth 20 goals and 10 assists in 46 league matches. Another player who has had a significant impact on Coventry’s success is midfielder Gustavo Hamer. The midfielder has banked nine goals and 10 assists this season.
- Luton – Defender Tom Lockyer has been an absolute rock at the back for Luton so far. League critics have the Welshman as the best performing defender amongst all in the league. This in itself highlights the impact he has made. Striker Carlton Morris has also been detrimental to reaching the play-off final. Morris picked up an impressive 20 goals and seven assists in his 44 league games.
What happened in the match?
In what could have been a huge loss for Luton, Tom Lockyer collapsed to the ground in the 12th minute sparking fears for both his health and how that would affect his sides overall performance.
It was a busy start to the game and it didn’t take long for Luton to get a foot hold and dominate. Their early strength saw them strike early. The first goal started with a long ball hit by left wing-back Alfie Doughty. His ball reached the feet of striker Elijah Adebayo who used fantastic footwork to drift past the defender and lay the ball off to midfielder Jordan Clark. Clark sent his left footed strike to the roof of the net to give Luton the lead.
The second half kicked off and Coventry raised their game. They performed far better than they did in first half early doors and that resulted in an equaliser. Similar to the first, the goal came from a long ball which was met by Viktor Gyokeres who accelerated ahead of his marker down the left wing. Gyokeres slid the ball across the box which was powered home by Gustavo Hamer.
Both sides had chances after that but both failed to convert. This meant that the game continued into extra time where they, again, failed to put away their chances. The game ended in a penalty shootout but five penalties each still wasn’t enough to separate the sides. It came to sudden death and Coventry’s Fankaty Dabo missed his penalty which meant Luton won promotion to the Premier League!
How could Luton affect FPL managers?
Luton failed to secure automatic promotion which raises serious question marks over their chances of survival in the Premier League. Fantasy managers will likely target Luton with opposing assets and could even consider giving players the armband when facing them.
The newly promoted team, do however, play with a wing-back system which means their wing-backs get into some of the most advanced positions on the pitch. Because of this, with good fixtures, managers may flock to their inevitably cheap wing-backs in the hope for clean sheets and attacking returns.
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