There is little agreement as to how much the Championship play-off final is worth to the winner, with variations between £90m from accountancy group Deloitte to £120m from news agency Reuters.
This brings in everything from extra television revenue from appearing in the Premier League to potential parachute payments if the play-off winners are relegated back to the Championship.
It is Derby, QPR, Wigan and Brighton that are competing for such monumental sums this season and history suggests that it is the Championship’s third and fifth-place finishers that will go head-to-head in the final at Wembley.
In four of the last five years it has been third against fifth at Wembley, including all of the last three.
With Derby priced at 8/13 to get the better of Brighton over two legs and Wigan also marginal favourites to progress from their semi-final at 4/5, punters can profit from this proven win double at 48/25.
For those needing even more of a reason to side with Derby over Brighton, the Rams did the double over Oscar Garcia’s men during the regular Championship season.
Furthermore, they ended the campaign as the division’s most in-form side, collecting 16 points from a possible 18.
This is not something that can be said of Wigan, who having already secured their play-off berth and having lost their FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal on penalties, went on to be defeated in three of their final four league games.
Also against them is the fact that they failed to score a single goal against QPR in either of their previous Championship showdowns this season.
But Wigan will play at home first and given that QPR have lost three of their last four away games, Uwe Rosler’s team can gain an advantage heading into the second leg in London, which can be maintained.