Derby County

V

Pride Park

18/03/2018 | 12:00 pm

Cardiff City

V

Pride Park

18/03/2018 | 12:00 pm

In a sentence: Automatic promotion hopefuls Cardiff City travel to play-off contenders Derby County this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship.

Last time: These two sides shared the points back in September, when neither side could manage a goal in a 0-0 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.

This time: Derby start as slight favourites at 8/5, the draw is at 23/10 and Cardiff to win is also at 23/10.

You might remember: Cardiff City’s last win at Derby, when they came from 2-0 down to win 4-3. Darren Bent scored a brace for the home side, who went 2-0 up early on, only for a last minute penalty from Joe Ralls to win the game 4-3.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Derby County striker Matej Vydra has been skipping away from defenders all season, and the Pride Park faithful will hope he’s fit and firing for this Championship game against Cardiff City

In this Championship preview, we will be giving you the best free football betting tips ahead of Derby County’s match against the in-form Cardiff City. The Bluebirds made it seven league wins in a row on Tuesday night after their 3-1 away win against Brentford, and are unbeaten in the Championship since New Year’s Day.

Despite their form, Derby remain the favourites with the bookies at 8/5. They are without a win in seven in the league and are now only three points ahead of eighth-placed Bristol City. They need to start winning games to cement their play-off place. They are unbeaten in eight of their last 10 league games but have won just one of those, with seven draws being the issue.

Looking at some free football betting tips, Cardiff at 23/10 for the win looks great value given their incredible run of form in the league. They sit seven points ahead of third placed Aston Villa and are just three off the leaders Wolves. They have shown they can win well and win ugly, which is a title-winning characteristic. Derby cannot buy a win at the moment and are struggling to keep clean sheets, so 23/10 for a football prediction looks good here.

Derby have kept just two clean sheets in their last six league games at home and were beaten 2-1 by Fulham last weekend. Cardiff have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last three league games, so both teams to score at 22/23 looks a good price. Over 2.5 goals has resulted in three of Derby’s last four home games and in all three of Cardiff’s last three games in the league so at 6/5, that could also be a way to go in terms of your Championship predictions here.

Having said that, these two sides have extremely good defensive records. Cardiff have the best in the league and only two sides have conceded fewer goals at home than Derby this season so it could be a very tight game. As for your football predictions, the draw at 23/10, therefore, has plenty of value and given Derby draw a lot of games, especially at home, it could repeat again this weekend.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Both teams to score at 22/23. Just a tad off even money, this could be a good bet for this game. Both have been involved in BTTS games recently and both have plenty of attacking talent on show.

2

We fancy:

Our football prediction for today would be the draw at 23/10. A really big game here, more so for Derby given their run. County are very difficult to beat at home, but Cardiff’s defensive record is the best, so a draw looks the most likely result in this one.

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It’s a long shot, but:

Our football score predictions for this one could well be a big money-maker if they were to happen. Given both sides enjoy BTTS games and over 2.5 has resulted in quite a few recently, a high-scoring draw could be on the cards. 2-2 at 16/1 might not be a ridiculous prediction in these circumstances.

Written by Marcello Cossali-Francis

Marcello Cossali-Francis considers sport, particularly football and rugby, to be an essential part of life. A half-Italian half-Welsh Liverpool and Juventus fan, Marcello enjoys every high and every low that sport brings.