Victor Chandler: Red-hot Agard can fire Evans’ men to Play-off Final

Rotherham top-scorer Kieran Agard.
Rotherham top-scorer Kieran Agard.
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Rotherham ended the season finishing fourth in League one and despite being unable to land a blow on the front two of Wolves and Brentford, they are very much fancied to join them in the Championship next season, albeit via the play-offs.

League One promotion Prices from BetVictor: Rotherham 5/2, Preston 5/2, Peterborough 11/4 and Leyton Orient 3/1.

Simon Grayson has done tremendously well at Preston since his arrival at Deepdale last year. However the Lilywhites’ were beaten 2-1 at Crewe on the final day of the season, missing out on third place to Leyton Orient in the process.

BetVictor can’t split Rotherham and Preston in the ‘to qualify’ market and make both sides 10/11 to make it to the final at Wembley in a two weeks’ time. Preston are 13/10 favourites for the first leg on Saturday but Steve Evans looks a man primed for the big occasion and his Millers side look an excellent price at 85/40 to take a lead to the New York Stadium; 12/5 the draw.

Kieren Agard is enjoying an excellent season; netting 25 times in all competitions, including eight in his last 10 and he can lead the Millers to glory at Deepdale; 11/2 to score the opener, 17/10 to score anytime and 9/1 with BetVictor to be awarded the man of the match.

The Posh are 23/20 favourites for the other semi, Orient 12/5 and the draw likewise with Orient taken to leave London Road with a share of the spoils and Russell Slade’s side fancied to earn a place at Wembley in the return leg at Matchroom Stadium.

Doncaster Rovers were relegated to League One in the cruelest of fashion on the final day of the Championship season; Birmingham scoring a late equaliser away at Bolton to draw 2-2 and send Rovers down on goal difference.

Rovers are 12/1 with BetVictor to win League One next season with South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley 14/1 to bounce straight back in style and finish top of the pile, both sides with a point to prove next season.

At the other end of the tablem Derby County sealed third place by collecting 13 points from their last five games of the season and Steve McClaren’s side enter the play-offs as 9/4 favourites, QPR 5/2, Wigan Athletic 11/4 and Brighton and Hove Albion the 7/2 (from 12s) outsiders of the quartet after snatching sixth place from Reading on the final day of the campaign.