How much is the Championship play-off final really worth? Coventry take on Luton at Wembley, showpiece dubbed football’s richest fixture


The Championship play-off final is often dubbed the richest fixture in football and will take center stage this weekend.

At the end of a grueling 49-game season, promotion to the Premier League will be the price for a team tonight.

Nottingham Forest won the Championship play-offs last season to secure a Premier League place
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Coventry City will take on Luton Town at Wembley in the showpiece game.

Reaching the promised land brings every club a huge cash injection as well as the chance to play against some of the best in the world.

But how lucrative is it to reach the English top flight via the Wembley route? talkSPORT.com takes a look…

How much is the Championship play-off final REALLY worth?

Ahead of the 2020 showdown between future Premier League rivals Fulham and Brentford, sports finance analysts Deloitte have crunched the numbers.

They say promotion will mean a revenue boost of at least £135million over the next three seasons for the triumphant club.

That could rise to £265million over a five-year period if the club avoid relegation in their first season in the Premier League.

How much is the Championship play-off final really worth? Coventry take on Luton at Wembley, showpiece dubbed football's richest fixture
Fulham have won promotion via the play-offs twice in recent years
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Ironically, Fulham, who won that 2020 encounter 2-1, were relegated the following season but have since come back.

Brentford, meanwhile, had to wait another year for their glory at Wembley, but their continued stay in the Premier League has put them in better stead in the long run.

The Bees are actually expected to see an increase in revenue of at least £160m over three years, given they weren’t receiving parachute payments like Fulham were when they were promoted.

This was also the case for Nottingham Forest and that of Coventry or Luton.

Coventry vs Luton: talkSPORT coverage

This year’s play-off final will be played on Saturday 27 May.

Kick-off at Wembley is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

talkSPORT will have EXCLUSIVE live coverage from London with our coverage presented by Adrian Durham.

The comment comes from Sam Matterface, former England striker Dean Ashton and former Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.

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