Neil Warnock comments on the playoffs

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Hull City, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton and Hove Albion are battling for a Premier League spot.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock has claimed that the winner of the playoff semi-final between Hull City and Derby County will go on to win promotion into the Premier League.

The iPro Stadium plays host on Saturday as the Tigers travel to Derby for the first leg as Steve Bruce's side look to move one step closer to England's top flight, having only been relegated last season.

City have the experience, but the Rams might have something of a psychological edge over Bruce and co, having beaten them twice in the regular season by an aggregate score of 6-0.

In the other semi-final, Brighton and Hove Albion, who narrowly missed out on automatic promotion following their 1-1 draw at second-placed Middlesbrough on the final day, travel to Sheffield Wednesday for the first leg of that one at Hillsborough tomorrow.

Warnock knows a thing or two about the playoffs, having successfully guided three different clubs - Notts County, Huddersfield and Plymouth - to promotion via that route in the past.

And the Rotherham boss - whose side lost 5-1 to Bruce and co last weekend -  says that it's Hull or County who are destined to join Championship winners Burnley and Middesbrough in the big time next term.

“Hull are a strong side. And it will be a good side that beats Hull. That is why, personally, I see whoever wins that as the most likely to win the play-offs," he told The Yorkshire Post.

“Certainly, Derby won’t be as easy as Rotherham were against Hull (when the Tigers triumphed 5-1 on the final day). Steve Bruce knows that."

 

Dismissing Chris Hughton's Seagulls is a bold move by Warnock, given that Brighton only missed out on promotion through goal difference at the end of the day, but time will tell.

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