Derby County will seek to maintain their playoff position when they entertain Birmingham City at Pride Park on Saturday. Frank Lampard’s team are undefeated in the league since October and their form sees them right in the playoff mix. Birmingham, meanwhile, have excelled under the guidance of Garry Monk and a run of four straight wins has put them within a couple of points off the top-six. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Derby went unbeaten for the fifth league game on the bounce as they picked up a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough. In midweek, they were ousted from the League Cup after a close 3-2 defeat to Chelsea in the fourth round.
Birmingham secured their fourth successive win during the previous weekend after they beat Sheffield Wednesday by a 3-1 score. The visitors are now unbeaten in the league for 11 matches – a run which stretches to late August.
Derby’s previous encounter against Birmingham was at St Andrew’s earlier in the year where they picked up a comfortable 3-0 win. The last meeting at Pride Park ended in a 1-1 draw. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a share of the spoils.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham are priced at 4.00 to pick up three points while Derby are at 1.95 for the same outcome. The Blues have remained unbeaten for the past 11 matches and during this period, they have picked up their goalscoring which was a concern early on. Meanwhile, Derby are undefeated in six home matches with four wins but we are still fancying Birmingham to get something from the clash, as the hosts had a testing Cup tie at Chelsea on Wednesday night. Our preview fancies a score draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Derby County win odds: 1.95
Birmingham City win odds: 4.00
Correct Score odds
Derby have been consistently on the scoresheet this term and they have netted at least once in six of their seven home matches. On the contrary, Birmingham may have started the season with back-to-back away defeats without scoring but they have improved on this statistic with one goal in each of the previous three outings. Owing to Derby’s exertions in midweek, Birmingham should be able to pick up a point on Saturday. Our correct score prediction fancies a 1-1 draw.
[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
Birmingham’s previous two visits to the Pride Park Stadium have produced two or less goals and a similar outcome could be on the cards this weekend with neither side being on the wrong side of results of late. Both Derby and Birmingham have conceded a maximum of one goal in their last five league games. Our total goals prediction would back less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.73[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jack Marriott has picked up his form for Derby since October and he has failed to score in just one of the previous five matches across all competitions. He should fancy testing the Birmingham backline after managing at least two shots on target in the last five games. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Marriott.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jack Marriott at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
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