Preston North End vs Derby County Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Preston North End will look to keep their Championship playoff push alive when they welcome fifth-placed Derby County to Deepdale on Monday afternoon.
Last time: Derby recorded a 1-0 win when the two teams met in the reverse Championship match earlier this season, with Matej Vydra’s second-half penalty securing all the points for the Rams.
This time: Preston are 7/5 to collect all three points with Derby at 13/5 and the draw at 5/2.
You might remember: Preston’s last league win over Derby was a 2-0 success back in December 2008. Since then, Derby have won six of their nine Championship meetings – remaining unbeaten in the process.
Preston North End's Last Six:
Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3
Louis Moult came off the bench to score in Preston’s 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, and could be handed a start in this match.
Daniel Johnson is also an option for head coach Alex Neil, who has seen his team lose two of their last three Championship fixtures on home soil.
Derby County's Last Six:
Won: 0 Drawn: 4 Lost: 2
Derby boss Gary Rowett will be able to call upon Tom Huddlestone after the midfielder served his one-game suspension against Sunderland last time out.
David Nugent and Joe Ledley both came off the bench in the 4-1 defeat to the Black Cats on home soil, and the pair will come into Rowett’s thinking for this game.
Derby will look to continue their fine run of form against Preston when the two teams meet at Deepdale on Monday afternoon. Not since December 2008 have Preston won a game against Derby, and the Rams have been victorious in six of their last nine meetings – including a 1-0 success in the corresponding match at Deepdale last season. Preston have been in decent form over the last month, but will enter this match off the back of a 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon. Derby, meanwhile, incredibly lost by the same scoreline at home to basement side Sunderland as their difficult run of form continued.
Preston are 7/5 to collect all three points as they look to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon. Alex Neil’s side have won three of their last five in the Championship to move into 10th position in the table, and are only two points off the playoff positions as things stand. The Lilywhites have been strong on home soil this season – losing just five of their 19 league fixtures, although two of those defeats have come in their last three, which is certainly worth considering in the football predictions market.
Derby are 13/5 to triumph as the Rams look to bounce back from Friday’s shock 4-1 defeat at Sunderland. Gary Rowett’s side would have entered the clash with the Black Cats looking to consolidate their spot in the playoffs, but instead suffered a heavy defeat at Pride Park. It was just their eighth Championship defeat of the campaign, but they are now without a league win since the start of February. There is simply no downplaying the importance of this match as Derby look to avoid dropping out of the top six entering the business end of the campaign.
The draw is available at 5/2 – which is a good price when considering the best football betting tips – and it is worth mentioning that Derby have shared the points in five of their last eight Championship matches. Preston, however, have not drawn a league fixture since February 20. It is the type of match where both managers will be desperate to avoid a defeat, and two of the last four Championship meetings between the two teams have finished level, which is certainly worth considering when analysing the football score predictions.
Sean Maguire is 11/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Preston forward is available at 39/19 to register at any point during the 90 minutes. Maguire has netted 12 times in 22 appearances for Preston this season – including nine in 17 Championship matches, and the 23-year-old will fancy his chances of causing Derby’s defence some concern on Monday afternoon.
Matej Vydra is 11/2 in the first goalscorer market, while the Derby forward is available at 5/2 to get his name on the scoresheet at any point during the 90 minutes of action. The 25-year-old notched his 18th Championship goal of the season against Sunderland on Friday, and will be looking to continue his fine form in this match.
Predicted Score: Preston North End 1 - 1 Derby County
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The first goalscorer market has a lot of interesting value in this match. Aside from the options mentioned above in this Championship preview, Andreas Weimann is at 10/1 for Derby, while Preston’s Louis Moult is 15/2.
Correct score of 1-1 is today’s football prediction at 11/2. Preston are certainly in the better form, but both teams lost heavily on Friday, and we fancy the two teams to play out a low-scoring draw at Deepdale.
It’s a long shot, but:
Derby, who are always the subject of interest in Championship predictions, beat Preston 3-0 in a Championship match back in 2010. That particular score on this occasion can be backed as high as 50/1, which is an appealing price when considering all of the facts in this Championship preview.
Written by Matt Law
Matt Law is a European football writer with an interest in betting and gambling. An avid Manchester United supporter, Matt can regularly be found backing away wins in unlikely circumstances, sometimes with big success.