ONLY one of Saints or Leeds United will compete in next season's Premier League with the other consigned to the Championship.

The two historic footballing sides will compete at Wembley in this afternoon's playoff final in a game worth around £200million.

Saints boss Russell Martin admitted he has had sleepless nights over the occasion and his team selection will not be straightforward.

Will he take inspiration from their two wins over Leeds in the regular season? This is how we think he will line up...

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Alex McCarthy has excelled in the absence of injured Gavin Bazunu and will keep his place in the starting lineup at Wembley.

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Martin could line up with three central defenders but Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens start whatever the shape.

We believe Martin will line up with those three in the middle, meaning Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Manning operate as wing-backs.

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There is no debate over what three will start in midfield and that goes for whatever the shape. Flynn Downes will play at the base.

Ahead of him, Will Smallbone will look to add another crucial goal and Nigerian international Joe Aribo is also certain to start.

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Adam Armstrong added his 22nd and 23rd goals of the Championship season as Saints swept aside West Brom at St Mary's.

He will start again, while Che Adams has been battling back to fitness and should be available to play at least 60 minutes at Wembley.

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Full predicted team

(5-3-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Stephens, Manning; Downes, Smallbone, Aribo; A Armstrong, Adams.