Albert Adomah believes Aston Villa will win their promotion showdown with Fulham and return to the Premier League.
Villa face the Whites in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on May 26 after beating Middlesbrough 1-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.
They drew 0-0 at Villa Park following a 1-0 win at the Riverside on Saturday and Adomah is confident they can end their two-year exile from the top flight.
“There’ll be a lot of expectation but hopefully the best team will win – and I believe that will be us,” said the west London-raised 30-year-old, who played in Middlesbrough’s play-off final defeat against Norwich in 2015.
“Fulham haven’t been in the Premier League for a long time but Aston Villa were only recently relegated. Hopefully, at the second time of asking, we can come out on top.
“It’ll be good – it’s two big teams. We finished fourth and they came third and it’ll be a tough game. They’re one of the form teams and missed out on the last day so maybe there’ll be a bit of disappointment.
“We knew we’d be in the play-offs throughout and hopefully we can give them a challenge.”
Lewis Grabban was denied by Darren Randolph in a scrappy game of few clear chances while James Chester also went close for Villa.
Former Harrow Borough man Adomah added: “We knew we only had to draw to go through and it was a solid performance.
“Unfortunately we didn’t score but did well as a team and they put some pressure on us, towards the end it was a bit end-to-end.”