Derby County are at Pride Park for the midweek league meeting against Stoke City. Frank Lampard’s side have struggled to secure regular victories in the past month but they are still holding onto the final playoff spot by the slenderest of margins. Stoke, however, are lying at the bottom end of the standings amid their recent tendency to play stalemates. Nathan Jones’ side are 10 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 second game on the bounce after a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Bradley Johnson opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Derby, but they were denied maximum points after Dominic Iorfa levelled the scores before the hour mark.
Stoke, meanwhile, went undefeated for the fifth straight match after a goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers. The Staffordshire outfit have now played stalemates in four of the previous five league games.
Derby previously faced Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium in November which finished 2-1 in the latter’s favour. The last meeting at Pride Park was seven years ago where Stoke ran out 2-0 victors. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Derby County win at 2.40[/bet_tip_now]
Both Derby and Stoke have gone through a similar pattern of form recently but the former have the advantage with the impressive record in their stadium. Despite the lean run, Derby have attained 10 points from the past five home games and this should provide them the clear edge over Stoke, who are winless on the road since November. Our preview is to go with a Derby triumph.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Derby County win at 2.40[/bet_tip_now]
Derby County vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.10
Stoke City win odds: 3.20
Correct Score odds
Derby have regularly been on the scoresheet in their home patch and they have netted seven times in the past five matches. In comparison, Stoke have not enjoyed similar success on their travels with just two goals in the previous five away trips. Hence, the Rams should be favourites for the midweek clash despite the recent injury concerns. Our correct score prediction favours a Derby 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Derby County 1-0 win at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Derby have kept the scores down at Pride Park since the turn of the year and just two of their six games have witnessed more than two goals. The midweek game could produce another low-scoring encounter with Stoke drawing blank in five of their previous seven away trips. 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 1.57[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Derby have struggled to find a consistent scorer upfront this term but they have still managed to keep up in the playoff race. For the midweek game, Jack Marriott remains our preferred pick to find the breakthrough despite failing to score in the league since the turn of the year. The 24-year-old was restricted to a bench role in the recent gameweek but should return to the starting mix after producing a better showing. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Marriott to end his goal drought.
[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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