Quite how you quantify the Rams form, attitude and commitment is a mystery to me but according to the Derby Telegraph, leading data analysts FiveThirtyEight have predicted that Derby County will finish the season in fifth place and therefore will play in the end of season games.
Derby County plays their final games against tough opposition in Middlesbrough, Cardiff City, Aston Villa and Barnsley. The first three games all being against teams at present higher than themselves in the league and occupying playoff places at the time of writing.
The Rams find themselves at present just out of the play-off placings in seventh place. The predicted points tally of seventy-three points means the Rams will win five points from their remaining games, whilst Saturday’s opponents Middlesbrough will win only four points, the same scenario for the present sixth placed club, Millwall.
The experts predict that the Rams will play Aston Villa in the semi-final playoff games, with Fulham playing Middlesbrough and Millwall missing out on the playoff games.