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Tom Stitfall 19th May 2014 - 13:03

Football League Play-Offs Opta Facts | 24 - 26 May


Derby County v Queens Park Rangers

  • Since the current play-off format was introduced in 1988/89, the team finishing third in the second tier has been promoted most often (nine times), while the team finish fourth has been promoted on the fewest occasions (four times).
  • Indeed no team to finish fourth in the second division has been promoted to the Premier League since Charlton Athletic in 1997/98.
  • Queens Park Rangers are hoping to become only the third team to win the play-offs the season after being relegated from the Premier League (Leicester City in 1995/96 and West Ham United in 2011/12).
  • Chris Martin scored in both legs of Derby County's semi-final win over Brighton; the last player to score in both semis and the final in the Championship play-offs was Bobby Zamora in 2004/05.
  • Former Norwich man Martin has scored six times in his last seven appearances for Derby.
  • Derby County's 1-0 victory over QPR in February ended a run of six consecutive games against the R's without a victory (D3 L3).
  • John Eustace has scored in both ends against Queens Park Rangers this term; he scored Derby's winner at Pride Park but scored in the wrong net at Loftus Road.
  • The 15 players to play for QPR in the semi-finals against Wigan have played 2088 Premier League games between them; the 16 players Derby used against Brighton have played 113.
  • Indeed of the 15 players used by Harry Redknapp's side in the semi-finals, only Charlie Austin and Yun Suk-Young have never played in the top-flight of English football.
  • The Rams have won four of their last five play-off games, including their most recent final (1-0 v West Bromwich Albion in 2007).
  • Since Steve McClaren took charge of Derby, only Leicester (25) have won more league games (including play-offs) than the Rams across the top four tiers of English football.
  • Derby have won six games from behind in the Championship this season; the most of all sides.
  • No second tier side has conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games this season than the Rams (11, including play-offs).
  • Charlie Austin has scored five times in his last five games for Queens Park Rangers.



Leyton Orient v Rotherham United

  • The team finishing fourth in League One has won promotion via the play-offs in each of the last three seasons.
  • Despite that, since the current format was introduced in 1988/89, the team finishing third has won the play-offs more often than any other position in the third tier (eight, fourth has won six).
  • Rotherham have never won promotion via the play-offs in three previous attempts; they have reached the final once before, losing to Dagenham and Redbridge (3-2) in 2010.
  • The Millers and the O's met in the semi-finals of the fourth tier play-offs in 1998/99. After two 0-0 draws, Orient won 4-2 on penalties to progress.
  • The East Londoners won the fourth tier play-offs in 1988/89 but have lost their two campaigns in them since that victory, most recently in 2000/01.
  • Leyton Orient have only won two of their last 19 meetings with Rotherham in all competitions (D9 L8).
  • Rotherham have not played in the Championship since 2004/05, when they won just five games all season and finished bottom.
  • The O's have not played in the second tier, meanwhile, since 1981/82; their last 32 campaigns have all been in either the third or fourth tiers.
  • Russell Slade's side scored in 42 of their 46 regular league games this season, the most in League One, and also netted in both play-off semi-finals.
  • Kieran Agard has scored five goals in his last five appearances for the Millers.
  • Rotherham and Leyton Orient have both won six games from losing positions in League One (including play-offs) this season; a joint-league-high.
  • Steve Evans' side have scored 17 goals in the opening 15 minutes of league games this season (including play-offs), while the O's have managed just six.
  • Orient have conceded a league-high 30% of their goals to headers this season (including play-offs).



Burton Albion v Fleetwood Town

  • Since the current format was introduced in 1988/89, the team finishing fourth has won the play-offs more often than any other position in the fourth tier (12, sixth has won four).
  • However, the team finishing fourth has been promoted via the play-offs just once in the last eight seasons prior to this campaign.
  • Burton have scored in in each of their last five competitive fixtures against Fleetwood Town, winning three (D1 L1).
  • No side has conceded more goals via headers this season in League Two (including play-offs) than Fleetwood Town (16).
  • This will be the first time either side have made the fourth tier play-off final.
  • Burton's top scorer Billy Kee has scored just once in his last 10 appearances. However, Kee has netted twice in three appearances against Fleetwood Town this term.
  • The Brewers have conceded a league-low 15 goals in the first half this season (including play-offs).
  • Only Cheltenham Town (0) were shown fewer red cards this season (including play-offs) than Fleetwood Town (1). Last season, no side received more red cards than Fleetwood (7).
  • Burton Albion faced just 146 shots on target in the regular 2013/14 League Two campaign; a division-low.
  • The Cod Army (233) have fired in more shots on target than any other League Two side this season (including play-offs).




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