Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
The race for the final play-off spot heats up with Bristol taking on Derby County at the Ashton Gate in a crucial encounter. Bristol and Derby are separated by just one point with both teams having a game in hand compared to their chief competitor Middlesbrough. It is Derby who hold the edge coming into this encounter and Frank Lampard’s team sit in the top six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Bristol City were undone by a 2-0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium. After a splendid winning sequence came to an end back in February, Bristol’s form has been disjointed.
Derby County have been able to make use of their home form to enter into the top six with only three games left. The latest victory for Derby was a 2-0 success over QPR at Pride Park.
The reverse fixture against Bristol City saw Derby County get a 1-1 draw at Pride Park. The last game between these two teams at Ashton Gate ended in a thrashing for the Rams, who lost 4-3. Our betting tips and predictions would go with a stalemate.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Lampard will know that even a draw would be a good result for Derby County in this match. It will actually be an excellent result for the Rams considering their poor away form. Bristol City have been able to get just one victory – a close 3-2 success over West Brom – in the last five matches. It is difficult to back a victory for either team, as they have been struggling for different reasons. Derby are winless in eight away games, while Bristol’s home record is not exceptional with just one win in the last seven home games. Our preview would pick a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Bristol City win odds: 2.40
Derby County win odds: 3.10
Correct Score odds
Derby and Bristol have been involved in a string of score draws in away and home games respectively. The poor and inconsistent form experienced by the two teams coming into the game is likely to make this a score draw. Our correct score prediction would go with a 1-1 draw, which would actually favour Derby.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
There have been goals at both ends in a majority of the recent games for Derby and Bristol. Derby are without a clean sheet in seven consecutive away games, while Bristol have experienced a similar run when it comes to the last eight home games. Even with this record, Bristol are likely to struggle to break down a Derby team that will mostly have a draw on their minds. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Harry Wilson returned to goals by coming up with a brace against QPR on Monday night. Bristol’s offensive form has largely been dependent on Diedhiou, but Derby are a better pick to open the scoring with their counter-attacking football. Wilson’s recent form has been good with the player opening the scoring in two out of the last five matches for Derby. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Harry Wilson.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Harry Wilson at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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