Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak and Aston Villa begin their quest for a return to the English Premier League this weekend when they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Villa, who finished fourth in the Championship table, face Boro, who were fifth, in the first of a two-legged play-off semi-final on Sunday (0200 AEST).
One of the giants of the English game, Villa are looking to get back into the top-flight two year's after their ignominious relegation.
The sides meet for the return match at Villa Park on Wednesday (0445 AEST) with the winner to face either Derby or Fulham in the final at Wembley on May 26 - a match estimated to be worth STG132 million ($A240 million) to the successful team.
Fulham, who missed out on going up automatically after a shock 3-1 defeat to lowly Birmingham last Sunday, face sixth-placed Derby on Saturday (0445 AEST) at Pride Park with the second leg taking place at Craven Cottage taking place next Tuesday.
Jedinak will be hoping to repeat the achievement of his Socceroos midfield teammate Aaron Mooy and Huddersfield Town who beat Reading on penalties to go up last year.
The 33-year-old, who'll head straight into a pre-World Cup camp in Turkey as soon as Villa's season is decided, has tasted success before in a play-off final back in 2013 when he captained Crystal Palace to the EPL following a 1-0 win over Watford.
Jedinak has been a regular fixture under Steve Bruce since recovering from a groin injury that sidelined him for the opening three months of the season, and even been used as a centre-back in recent games to give veteran skipper John Terry a break.
However, the powerful former Central Coast Mariner star, is almost certain to start in midfield against a Boro side managed by the vastly experienced Tony Pullis.
Pullis managed Jediank at Palace where he was a huge admirer of his talent, labelling him as a 'true soldier' when awarding him a new contract in 2014.
However, there will be no sentiment on offer in what is widely considered as the strongest-looking four teams to line-up in the play-offs since their inception 31 years ago.
Derby have been knocking on the door of promotion for five years and missed out agonisingly in 2014 when they lost to 10-man QPR in a final they dominated only to go down to a last-minute goal.
The Rams have sneaked into the top six despite some patchy form and manager Gary Rowett admits his side are the underdogs to a talented Fulham outfit who lost just one of their last 24 matches, but he believes that could work in their favour.
"People talk about Derby and this sort of weight of expectation that always floats around and follows the club," said Rowett.
"Maybe this is the first time we have been in the play offs in recent years when there is no expectation and where we can go out and give it everything without having any real fears."