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Jaap Stam: Promotion 'would be one of my biggest achievements'

Jaap Stam: Promotion 'would be one of my biggest achievements'

The 25-year-old full-back, who is captain of Huddersfield Town, will skipper his side in the Championship play-off final against Reading on Monday.

"It's becoming so hard for Irish and even English kids to get a chance at top Premier League teams now and it doesn't need to be like this", continues Dolan.

Are you prepared for the Premier League, or is that tempting fate?

Smith and his Terriers teammates will be playing for a place in next season's Premier League.

The Owls have made it to the shootout for the Premier League in successive seasons now, but will be looking to go one better next year and finally make it back to the top flight.

It's dubbed the most valuable match in world football - promotion to the Premier League, and access to its Value-Added Tax of television money, will boost the winners' coffers by at least £170m.

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It was there that the Terriers, who had to fend for four days without electricity, toilets and running water, forged a team bond which they take with them into the rather different surrounds of Wembley.

Only three of the past 16 finals have paid out for Both Teams To Score backers, again highlighting the value in opposing goals, but with little wriggle room price-wise, backing a goalless first-half at [2.38] offers value - all four play-off semi-final matches saw this selection prove profitable.

In terms of top-flight credentials, doubts inevitably linger over both sides.

Former Huddersfield striker Mark Lillis has issued a rallying cry to David Wagner's team and urged them to have "no regrets".

Like Reading, Huddersfield are probably surprised to find themselves contesting the final after last year's miserable season when they just escaped relegation, finishing in 19th place.

Aaron Mooy joins Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner, chairman Dean Hoyle and teammates to celebrate victory over Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month, setting up their playoff against Reading at Wembley tonight.

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Reading will be underdogs, just as they were in the semifinals against Fulham and, indeed, have been for the entire season. Everybody was more and more interested in what's going on here.

For a time this season, there was a chance - albeit an outside one - of an 11th play-off appearance. On average, Play-off winners have finished with more points and in a higher league position despite spending less money. But at the same time, I've already mentioned how we've continually defied the bookmakers this season and I'm sure Jaap Stam and the players won't care one bit that they are not the favourites.

The classy midfielder - dubbed the Magic Man by Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers earlier this season - scored a stoppage time victor for the Bhoys to land the Scottish Cup and crown a season for the ages for the Glasgow giants.

The victor will take their place at the top table of English football in the 2017/18 Premier League.

That can be seen in Reading and Huddersfield as well. "I don't know if it is just natural or if he has just picked it up", he says of his manager's talents. In their own ways, both sides are incredibly distinctive in style.

US, Japanese leaders agree to enhance sanctions against North Korea - White House
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