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Back Derby, Rotherham and Fleetwood in 9/2 play-off treble

| 24.05.2014

Judgement day is approaching for six teams across three divisions all bidding to win in their league’s respective play-off final. Perhaps the cruelest way to be defied promotion, only three teams can succeed. Coral bring you the lowdown on the three teams tantamount to their terrific treble at 9/2.


The Rams have played fantastic football this season under Steve McClaren, scoring 84 goals which is the highest total in the Championship. Striker Chris Martin has netted around a quarter of their tally, and leads his club’s charts with 25 goals in all competitions. Derby are boosted by the news that midfielder, and crucially their second highest hit man Craig Bryson returns from injury to face QPR. The speed of their attacking play is frightening, and could well drag Harry Redknapp’s rear guard out of position.


Steve Evans’ side have scored the highest amount of goals of the four teams in the third-tier playoffs. Top marksman Keiran Agard who notched in the semi final second leg against Preston is on 24 strikes, while Lee Frecklington – another scorer of one of the Millers’ decisive goals is just behind on 13. Rotherham are in the hunt for back-to-back promotions, after Evans guided the south Yorkshire club into League One last season.


Another club that have notched the highest amount of goals of all of their play-off competitors, Fleetwood went into the semi final fixture against York City having won just two out of their remaining five league matches, though took the opportunity to rest their key players. Midfielder Matty Blair was the hero last time out, netting against his former club at Bootham Crescent, notching what was only his fourth goal of the season. The Cod Army showed over two legs, that as well as having a potent strike force, they can also defend a lead and are well marshalled at the back.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.