London - Norwich City beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Sunday to seal the English
Championship title as Derby County qualified for the play-offs with a
3-1 win against West Bromwich Albion.
Daniel Farke's Norwich and
Sheffield United, who drew 2-2 against Stoke, had already secured
automatic promotion to the Premier League before the final round of
Derby joined Leeds, West Brom and Villa in the play-offs
that will decide which of those four teams clinch the third and final
Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds, who finished third, will
play Frank Lampard's Derby in the play-offs, with West Brom facing
Midlands' rivals Villa.
Mario Vrancic scored four minutes from
time as Norwich made sure they capped promotion by winning the
second-tier title at Villa Park.
Teemu Pukki had put Norwich ahead
in the seventh minute and though Jonathan Kodjia levelled just before
the quarter-of-an-hour mark, Vrancic ensured the Canaries left the
Championship in style.
They finished the season with 94 points from their 46 games and return to the Premier League for the first time since 2015/16.
held their nerve after Martyn Waghorn's 19th-minute header was
cancelled out by West Brom midfielder Stefan Johansen's curling effort
moments after the interval.
With Middlesbrough leading
already-relegated Rotherham at the time, Derby could ill-afford to drop
points and substitute Mason Bennett's goal and Harry Wilson's
controversial penalty gave them a 3-1 win.
Derby maintained their
one-point advantage over Boro, meaning Tony Pulis's side finished in the
undesired position of seventh, though they closed their campaign with a
2-1 win at Rotherham
Leeds' meeting with the Rams will have added
spice after Bielsa's admission earlier this season that he sent a club
employee to spy on a Derby training session.
"We're underdogs. I don't want to think about anything past Leeds," Lampard told Sky Sports.
"They're a fantastic team," added the former Chelsea and England midfielder, who is in his first season as manager.
"They will be two massive games for us. We've got our work cut out.
"Take away all of the spying talk, we didn't play well in those two games (in the league against Leeds)."
The first legs of the play-off semi-finals take place on Saturday, with the final at Wembley on May 27.
The relegated sides are Rotherham, Bolton and Ipswich.