Brentford plays Fulham on Tuesday 4th August 2020 for the chance to return to the English top-flight for the first time in 73 years. They will earn about £160m in the process.
Victory in the match often dubbed the most productive game in football, would be worth £135m to Fulham and about £160m to Brentford over the next three years. Brentford fished third and missed automatic qualification on two points difference with West Brom in the second position. On the other hand, Fulham finished fourth, separated by goal difference with Brentford on the third.
If they(Brentford) fail to win, the Bees will have taken part in more unsuccessful play-off campaigns in the English Football League than any other club. This is their ninth attempt at Play-off.
Why is it football’s richest game?
England’s top division is the wealthiest domestic league anywhere in the world, and promotion into it brings a fortune unparalleled anywhere else in the sport. The Premier League guaranteed all shareholder clubs a minimum of £94.7m ($125.9m) this season, rising to £149.4m ($198.7m) for the winner, Liverpool.
If a club drops from the top flight after only a single season up, the “parachute payment” aimed at softening the blow is worth £41.6m ($55.3m) in the first season out of the Premier League. Clubs that spend a second season out of the Premier League will earn a further £34.0m ($45.2m) from its distributions.
However, under the current structure, if a club manages to eke out two seasons in the Premier League before relegation, it would be worth at least £288m ($383.0m). That figure factors in the extra year’s Premier League participation and a further third year of parachute payments which is lost to clubs who only spend a single year up.
Much of the reason for this is that the massive injection of new funds allows promoted clubs to improve on what are (by Premier League standards) relatively frugal wage bills. Fulham’s was £37.1m ($49.3m) in 2015-16, the most recent season for which all clubs’ financial data are available, compared to a top-divisional average of £113.9m ($151.5m) and median of £84.3m ($112.1m).
This arrangement has led to great success for promoted teams in recent seasons. Of the 18 individual clubs promoted since the 2011-12 season, 13 will be playing in the Premier League next year. Considering there are only 20 teams in the division, that’s a pretty good record.
That play-off match has become the football equivalent of the 725,000-pounds-per-square-inch pressure that forms diamonds, concentrating all the weight of a 46-game season into a single 90 minutes that bear the most fabulous riches of any game in the sport.
The game tonight between Brentford and Fulham will be a winner takes all affairs. It will pose to be nothing short of competitive and exhilarating. The two sides battle not only for promotion into the elite premier league but also the associated windfall of this game. Football lovers are sure to be treated to a classic tonight.