24 May 2014

QPR and Derby battle for EPL

3:11 pm on 24 May 2014

Dubbed the most lucrative match in club football, tomorrow morning's English Championship final between Queens Park Rangers and Derby is staying faithful to its reputation.

The match at Wembley will decide which of the two clubs will play in the English Premier League next season, a spot worth as much as 240 million dollars to Derby and at least 160 million to QPR.

Derby hope to return to the top flight after a six-year absence while QPR are bidding for an immediate EPL return.

Championship winner Leicester and runner-up Burnley have already been promoted automatically.

QPR's pay day would be lower because they are still benefiting from parachute payments following their relegation last season.

A victory for Derby would also mark the renaissance of former England coach Steve McCLaren, now in charge of the Rams.

McClaren, who succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager in 2006, was fired from the national job after less than two years in charge after the team failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship.

Derby are eight games unbeaten and face a QPR side who needed extra time to overcome Wigan in the playoff semi-finals.