Coventry City managed to overcome a strong Middlesbrough side in a hard-fought second leg of the playoff semi-finals tonight, securing a place in the Championship play-off final, against last night's winners at Kenilworth Road, Luton Town.
On Saturday, 27 May, they will go head-to-head with Luton Town in the highly anticipated showdown at Wembley. It is crazy to think that just 4 years ago, both teams sat in the fourth tier of English football in EFL League Two, and come the end of this month, one of these teams will be a Premier League side - facing the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The hero tonight was playmaker Gustavo Hamer who express delivered an exceptional booting finish that ultimately settled the game there and then.
Hamer came close to a second when his powerful free-kick struck the woodwork, leaving Steffen helpless, but fortunately the one goal tonight and some incredible displays of last gasp defending managed to get the Sky Blues over the line and on the way to Wembley in just over a week's time. Coventry haven't seen Premier League football since the 2000/01 season where they were subsequently relegated after an 8 year stay, dating back to the 1992/93 campaign. They finished their final season in the Premiership on just 34pts in 19th place. Luton, on the other hand, have never played Premier League football. Now, on paper, you would think The Hatters should be hungrier to finally make history for the club and the town - but after spending over 20 years away from the top-flight, we can't see the Sky Blues going easy at Wembley.
We are predicting right now that this contest will be prime hard-hitting Championship football that will go the distance in one capacity or another. We are predicting extra-time and potentially even penalties. The strength, depth and tactical management within both squads is just too strong to expect any landslide of a result at all. Our prediction: Coventry City 2-2 Luton Town (FT) (5-3 on penalties).