Derby County

V

Pride Park

19/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Bristol City

V

Pride Park

19/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence:  Battle of the Championship high flyers as Derby boss Gary Rowett looks to celebrate his new contract in style while City target a rise back to winning ways

Last time: A scintillating 3-3 draw was played out the last time Bristol City travelled to the Pride Park. Darren Bent scored a penalty in the last ten minutes to save Derby’s blushes and snaffle a point for the home side back in February.

This time: Derby are 21/20 to win with Bristol City at 13/5 and the draw at 23/10.

You might remember: The above 3-3 draw as Bristol City raced into a three-goal lead in 38 minutes thanks to two strikes from Tammy Abrahams before one of the comebacks of season saw Derby rescue a point late on.

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Bristol City beat Manchester United and caused problems for Manchester City, both in the League Cup

This encounter has become an unexpected potential promotion clash thanks to Bristol’s storming first half of the season. Both Derby boss Gary Rowett and City manager Lee Johnson have been ripping up trees this season as two playoff hopefuls meet to light up the Championship on Friday night with goals galore to be the order of the day.

Derby County are 21/20 to win the match and that is surprisingly good value considering they sit second in the table and boast home advantage. Also, a factor to consider is Bristol City’s poor current form having lost their last three league games which included a 5-0 thumping away to Aston Villa. By contrast, the Rams have won three of their last four at home and look a great option to stay second automatic spot.

Bristol City are 23/10 to win and on their day, could prove a very worthwhile bet. City come into the game having already beaten Derby once this season in the reverse fixture back in September when they strolled to a comfortable 4-1 home win. Lee Johnson’s men are capable of making it a double over the Rams but a run to the semi-final of the league cup appears to be harming their current Championship campaign.

The draw is 13/5 and that is certainly backable. The last time the two met at Pride Park, a 3-3 draw was played out and Bristol City boast the joint highest amount of draws this season (eight with Aston Villa) out of any side in the top seven.  The game prior to that was also a draw meaning two of the last three clashes between the two have resulted in a stalemate.

Over 2.5 goals in the game is priced at 43/40 and that is a smart way to go. The last five encounters between the two has yielded 22 goals at an average of 4.4 goals per game. With players such as Bobby Reid for City and current league top scorer Matej Vydra set to line-up, goals are surely set to flow making for a highly entertaining affair.

Both teams to score and the end result to be a draw is at 16/5 and a great way to enhance the draw odds. We have already highlighted the goal-scoring exploits of the two sides and Derby boast seven draws to their name this season which is just one less than City. The pair have not played out a 0-0 since 1994 and a share of the spoils will do neither side prospects any harm.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Late goals. In the last three matches between the two, goals have been scored in the 83rd, 81st, 91st and 94th minutes respectively. Both teams to score in the second half is 5/2 but it will be a close run thing possibly until the very last minute.

2

We fancy:

Both teams to score two or more goals at 11/2. Both sides are prolific in front of goal and with the above highlighted forwards on show, do not expect a dull 0-0 with plenty of goal mouth action set to occur.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

A repeat of last season’s 3-3 draw is at 50/1 and there is little suggest the same will not happen once more. Both teams play high up the pitch which as well attacking prospects, it leave them open to the counterattack which is an area the pair excel at.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!