Reading and Huddersfield combined XI ahead of the play-off final

Danny Williams of Reading (L) and Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town in action

We pick a combined XI ahead of Monday's huge Championship play-off final.

Reading’s player of the season, Ali Al Habsi, takes the goalkeeping spot.

Al Habsi has been ever-present in the league for the Royals, keeping 16 clean sheets in the process. The 35-year-old will be hoping for one last shot at the Premier League after tasting defeat with Wigan Athletic in 2013.

Three Huddersfield Town defenders make this XI.

Right-back Tommy Smith is excelling under David Wagner. The former Manchester City man, who has captained the side during Mark Hudson’s absence, will likely draw top-flight suitors if the Terriers lose on Monday.

Fellow fullback Chris Lowe has hit the ground running in English football. The 28-year-old, a summer signing from FC Kaiserslautern, has been highly effective in Wagner's high pressing system.

Michael Hefele and Liam Moore complete the back four.

Hefele has helped Huddersfield to 12 clean sheets in 37 league outings. Meanwhile, Moore has been vindicated in his decision to leave Champions Leicester City for Reading in the summer. He is a key clog in Jaap Stam’s - usually - mean defence.

The central midfield pairing of Aaron Mooy and John Swift would not look out of place in the Premier League. Mooy looks destined for top tier football next season following his fine displays for Town. The on-loan Manchester City playmaker pulls the strings in Wagner’s side.

Like Moore, Swift is showing his capabilities after swapping Stamford Bridge for the Madejski Stadium. Swift racked up eight goals and seven assists for the Royals this season.

Gareth McCleary, Isaiah Brown and Elias Kachunga take the attacking midfield spots in this XI. McCleary, now in his fifth year with Reading, is showing no signs of slowing down following nine goals and ten assists for the Royals during this campaign.

Brown joined Huddersfield in January following an eye-catching stint with relegation-threatened Rotherham United. The on-loan Chelsea youngster continues to improve in the second-striker role. His teammate, Kachunga, is another success story for Town’s recruitment team, after netting twelve goals this season.

Reading forward, Yann Kermorgant, rounds off this XI. After scoring the decisive goal against Fulham, the 35-year-old will be looking to add to his 19 goal tally on Monday.

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