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Derby v Cardiff Prediction & Betting Tips – 24th April 2018

23rd April 2018 / lee
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Derby suffered a hit on the weekend as they lost in a big game against fellow play-off candidates Middlesbrough. That leaves the Rams one place and one point now outside of the top six. But this is their game in hand over everyone above them, but they aren’t in form at the moment. Cardiff took another win on the weekend to just hold on to second place. A win puts them four points clear of Fulham with two to play. So an important clash for the both of them.

Derby v Cardiff Betting Odds*

Cardiff 8/5, Derby 9/5, Draw 21/10* (Betting Odds taken at 3:42 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)

Derby News and Form

Derby have been grinding since early February really. They have won just the two fixtures since taking a 3-0 home success over Brentford on February 3rd. They are currently running on a three-match losing streak in the Championship and suffered a 2-1 home reverse against Middlesbrough on the weekend in a big clash for play-off points. So this is another tough encounter for them. Their home form for the season is W10 D5 L6 but they are just W1 D2 L3 in their last six home fixtures. As a positive they have scored in each of their last seven at Pride Park and therefore both teams to score at Ladbrokes is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on April 23rd, 2018 at 3:02 p.m.). Each of their last five home games in the league have also gone above 2.5 goals so that’s worth a look as well in this one. Derby have scored well at home this season at an average of 1.6 per game in fact. On top of that, they have conceded at under a goal per game at home. Matej Vydra is their top scorer with twelve of his nineteen league goals for the season coming at home.

Cardiff News and Form

Cardiff have landed back to back wins in the league which has seen them just about hold off the attention of Fulham in the race for second place. This is a game in hand the Bluebirds have so they can push on open up a nice four-point cushion over the Cottagers. They have two relatively easy games to come after this as well. Cardiff’s recent success at Norwich leaves them with a good W3 D1 L1 record in their last five road games and they have scored in six of their last seven on the road. In the Ladbrokes correct score market a Cardiff 2-1 is at 9/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 23rd, 2018 at 3:02 p.m.). The Bluebirds have scored at least two goals in three of their last four away victories. It is well worth considering the half-time draw as the Bluebirds have been level at the break in 13 of their 21 away games this season. Cardiff have been strong at the back all season and have conceded at under a goal per game on average on their travels. A clean sheet has come their way in 33% of their away games this season and 62% of their away goals have been scored in the second half of matches.

Derby v Cardiff Head to Head

Derby picked up an away point in a 0-0 draw at Cardiff when the two met earlier this season. That has left things even between them with two wins each and a draw in their last five meetings. Derby suffered a 4-3 defeat in this corresponding fixture last season, and they have won just one of their last six home games against the Bluebirds W1 D2 L3. Both teams have scored in just two of the last half a dozen meetings.

Who will win – Derby v Cardiff Predictions

Derby just can’t seem to deliver the goods and Cardiff are just throwing everything at trying to get over the finish line in second place. Look for the Bluebirds to go and continue their good form by sneaking a win by a one-goal margin.

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