Derby County boss Phillip Cocu believes his team have a realistic chance of making the playoffs with another nine games left in the Championship season. The Rams have recently found form with back-to-back league victories and that has propelled them to the top half of the table for the first time since November.
Derby have been out of contention for the top-six since the beginning of September and they faced the prospect of dropping into a relegation battle after going winless for seven matches on the bounce before the turn of the year. However, they have since revived their fortunes on the playing field and a tally of eight points from the previous five games has brought them closer to Preston, who have succumbed to three league defeats on the trot.
Derby still have a tough challenge of making the playoffs with a number of games against clubs above them on the table. They are scheduled to face Millwall away from home during the weekend’s fixture. The south London outfit are difficult opponents to beat at the Den and they have lost just three of their 18 matches this season.