HAPPY Valley players are in line for a huge cash windfall as they chase their first Viceroy Cup soccer title in 22 years against Sing Tao at the Hong Kong Stadium today. If Happy Valley, who are seen as the underdogs, can relive past glories in the 28th edition of the tournament, they will share $710,000. The last time Happy Valley won the Viceroy Cup was in 1975, when they upset now-defunct Seiko 2-1 in the final. Happy Valley coach Leung Sui-wing thinks his club can defy the odds against Sing Tao, who have had the more impressive run going into the final. 'Our quarter-final win over South China has really boosted our confidence and we are ready to take on Sing Tao. The players are looking forward to the final because they have been working hard,' said Leung. 'Our club chairman, Martin Hong Po-kui, has promised to put up $300,000 of his own money as incentive. 'The boys have already won $150,000 by beating South China in the quarter-finals, so they could really be looking at some serious cash if they win the Cup.' Happy Valley upset South China 3-2 in the quarter-finals but struggled to beat minnows Eastern in the semi-finals, needing a penalty shoot-out - which they won 3-2 - after being held to a 2-2 draw after extra-time. Young forwards Michael Midwood and Declan Perkins, who between them scored the goals that took them past South China, will be central to Happy Valley's plans this afternoon. The British pair delighted spectators with their performances and will be in the thick of the action again. Sing Tao beat Golden 1-0 in the quarter-finals before surprising defending champions Instant-Dict 4-2 to reach their first Viceroy Cup final since 1995, when they beat the Dickies 3-0. Sing Tao have a good record against Happy Valley and an even better record in cup finals this season. The Tigers have beaten Happy Valley once during the current campaign - a 2-1 league win in January - while drawing 2-2 last October and 1-1 in February, also in the league. The Tigers got off to the best possible start to the season when they won the pre-season Regional Council Cup and the President's Cup. Spurred on by goals from former Welsh international striker Glyn Hodges and former Tranmere Rovers marksman Ian Muir, the Tigers led 4-0 against Instant-Dict before conceding two late goals in one of the performances of the season in the Cup semi-finals. Hodges will be looking forward to his third Hong Kong cup final. 'I think we've got a good chance. We have had a few injuries but we seem to have overcome our problems and we are still a strong side. Hopefully, it will be a good game,' said Hodges. 'We have had a couple of draws against Happy Valley but I remember we had very close games against them. Happy Valley have a good team and it's not a foregone conclusion that we will win,' added the former Wimbledon and Sheffield United striker. Sing Tao coach Chan Hung-ping also expects a hard match. 'We will be missing our young midfielder Chu Yue-tai, who injured his knee in our league match against Instant-Dict recently,' he said. 'His absence will make it that much harder for us. We know Happy Valley are a strong team and they have drawn against us twice. 'Even though they struggled to beat Eastern in the Viceroy Cup semi-finals, it doesn't mean that we won't underestimate their abilities. 'We must put pressure on their midfield while worrying about their counter-attack,' said the former Hong Kong national coach. Sing Tao will field new signing Marlon Van Der Sander, formerly of South China and Golden, after the big Dutchman came through unscathed against Instant-Dict, who beat the Tigers 3-1 in a first phase league match on Thursday night. Today's winners will play Chinese side Apollo Guangzhou on Thursday at Mongkok for the Viceroy Challenge Cup. TEAMS Sing Tao: 1-Iain Hesford; 5-Chan Chi-keung, 4-Rudi Hedman, 8-Marlon Van Der Sander, 2-Lee Wai-man; 11-Chan Tsz-kong, 14-Ian Muir, 10-John Moore, 16-Lo Kai-wah; 9-Glyn Hodges, 12-Wai Kwan-lung. Happy Valley: 1-Victor Derbounov; 3-Hau Yiu-tak, 15-Keung Wing-yiu, 23-John Maher, 4-Chau Chiu-hung; 11-Dean Martin, 9-Alan Reis, 13-Kwok Yue-hung, 8-Cheung Sai-ho; 5-Michael Midwood, 20-Declan Perkins.