Tony Gale believes QPR experience will be vital in play-off final
Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale believes QPR's experience could tilt the Sky Bet Championship play-off final their way.
Last Updated: 23/05/14 6:18pm
Rangers take on Derby County at Wembley for the right to play in the Premier League next season in a fixture which is one of the most valuable in world football.
Promotion to the top flight is estimated to be worth £120m to Derby and £80m to QPR, who would receive a parachute payment if they were not promoted.
Harry Redknapp believes his QPR team, who finished five points behind Derby in fifth, are underdogs for the game but Gale sees it differently, although he feels it will be a close contest if the Rams' young team can overcame the big-game nerves.
"I'm leaning towards QPR just because of their experience," he said. "I just hope the Derby kids give a good account of themselves because sometimes younger players freeze on the big occasion.
"Hopefully it will go the other way and they'll show everyone how good they are.
"Both managers have done well - people will argue Harry has had a lot of money but the history of teams returning to the Premier League is not good.
"I expected them to go up automatically because they had a great start but they've had injuries and Harry has done well to turn it around.
"He's had a lot of egos and personalities to handle and he's done well with it but at the same time Steve McClaren has done a good job at Derby, they play an exciting brand of football.
"He's won over any doubters with the job he's done there with a younger squad."
Meanwhile, Gale believes Neil Lennon, who resigned as Celtic manager this week, could be a success if he was given the chance to manage in the Premier League.
"I've been really impressed with Neil Lennon," he said. "He's got good football knowledge, I liked him as a player and I like his attitude to the game.
"I liked his attitude at Celtic, okay he's got all the resources in the world there, but I think he deserves a crack in England.
"Whoever takes him on will have a really committed manager. He's Premier League, I don't think he's Championship and I think he's done his time."
Watch QPR take on Derby live from Wembley as part of Sky Sports' 'Ultimate Weekend' from 3pm this Saturday on Sky Sports 1