Sheffield United are at Bramall Lane for their second-last league game of the year against Derby County. Both Sheffield and Derby are right in the playoff mix this term and they are holding a three and four-point advantage respectively over seventh-placed Nottingham Forest going into the Boxing Day fixture. Follow all our predictions, odds, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Sheffield failed to win for the second game on the trot after they only managed a 1-1 draw against struggling Ipswich Town on the road. Ellis Harrison opened the scoring for the bottom side before Billy Sharp levelled the proceedings.
Derby, meanwhile, are unbeaten in the past four matches but they could only muster a 1-1 draw against Bristol City last weekend. Jamie Paterson gave Bristol the advantage before Martyn Waghorn equalised for Frank Lampard’s side.
The previous encounter between the teams was at Pride Park in October which witnessed a 2-1 triumph for Derby. Sheffield’s last home game against Derby was in August 2017 which finished 3-1 in their favour. Our betting tips and predictions favour an away win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Derby County win at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Sheffield are priced at 2.15 to end their winless run but we are favouring a different outcome. The hosts have recently gone through a lean phase in their stadium with one point from three matches and during this period, they have tended to struggle in the scoring department where they have netted just once. This may give a slight edge to Derby, who have recently fared much better on the road. Our preview predicts Derby to return to winning ways.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Derby County win at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Sheffield United win odds: 2.15
Sheffield United vs Derby County draw odds: 3.25
Correct Score odds
Sheffield have drawn blank in two of their previous three home matches but they should find the scoresheet against Derby, who have kept just one away clean sheet. Yet, the visitors may reign supreme with the wide range of goalscorers in their ranks compared to Sheffield, who have generally depended on Billy Sharp to deliver the goods. Our correct score prediction is to go for a Derby 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Derby County 2-1 win at 11.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Sheffield have recently struggled in the scoring department in their stadium and this has contributed to a couple of low-scoring matches since November. However, the Rams have restricted the opposition from scoring in just one away game this term. Our total goals prediction fancies more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.75[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jack Marriott has been regularly leading the line for Derby since October and he is presently their joint-top scorer with eight goals. The 24-year-old has gone without scoring for successive games since the 1-0 win over Wigan but he should fancy ending the streak against Sheffield after bagging the match-winner in October. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Marriott.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jack Marriott at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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