It has been a torrid season for Barnsley who have only gained one win all campaign. They head back into action on a three-match losing streak. Derby relieved a bit of pressure as they collected a win on the weekend, snapping a long winless streak of their own. Read our Barnsley v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 30th, 2019 at 5:28 a.m.)
Barnsley have had a miserable season. They lost 3-1 against Brentford at home on Sunday, their third straight defeat. That is just one goal that they have scored in their last four Championship fixtures now. Their overall form for the season is W1 D2 L6 and their one success did come on home soil. That was right at the very start of the season, a 1-0 success over Fulham. Six of their nine league games this season have ended under 2.5 goals.
The Tykes have conceded at an average of two goals per home fixture in this campaign. Two of their three losses at Oakwell have been by a margin of at least two goals. Overall this season home and away, five of their six losses have come by that margin. Their home record is W1 D1 L3 and they have opened the scoring in three of those five games. Barnsley are badly in need of a lift but with a three-match losing streak at home going, having conceded at least two goals in each of their last four at home, that’s a tough ask for them.
Derby won both league meetings last season
The Rams are on a three-match winning streak in the Championship over the Tykes
Six of the last seven meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Barnsley have won one of their last three at home against Derby
The Rams earned a tight 3-2 home success over Birmingham on the weekend. They almost threw the game away as well because they had been 2-0 up early in the second half, but they allowed the visitors to tie things up. Jamie Paterson got the win for Derby in fifteen minutes form tie. Derby badly needed that win. It was just their second of the season and it snapped a seven-match winless streak of form from them.
Derby are W1 D2 L1 on their travels this season, their lone defeat in the sequence happening at Brentford. Their one away win happened at Huddersfield who are still winless for this campaign. Derby are struggling defensively, conceding at an average of 1.75 goals per road fixture. Three-quarters of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals. Derby have conceded 76% of their away goals in the first half of games and have been trailing at the halftime break in two of their four road games.
It may be worth having a look at the Tykes to come up with the wind on home soil. They are in poor form but are welcoming a Derby side who are prone to defensive lapses. Barnsley to collect three points.
30th September 2019 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Champions leaders Leeds will fancy their chances of collecting another three points on the weekend. The Whites have won four of their last five games, positive form which is in stark contrast to the slump that the Rams are in. Derby are winless in six now as they head to Elland Road. Read our Leeds v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 17th, 2019 at 3.21 a.m.)
It has been a fantastic return of W5 D1 L1 from Leeds this season in the Championship. They have taken a win in four of their last five played (L1) the one defeat happening at home against Swansea. That leaves them with a W1 D1 L1 record on home soil in league action for the campaign. All three of their home games have finished under 2.5 goals as well so there is a trend to start with.
The goal in their 1-0 loss against Swansea is the only goal conceded by them in their last five games. They have conceded a total of three all season. All three of those goals against Leeds have happened in the second half of fixtures this season. Leeds themselves have scored nine of their twelve goals after the half time break. So while the Whites are up there setting a very good early pace, Derby will have hope from the fact that Leeds are only W1 D2 L3 in their last six league home games.
Leeds are W3 D1 L2 in their last six league games against Derby
The two traded away wins in last season’s league meetings
Three of the last four league meetings have ended in an away win
Four of the last six between Leeds and Derby have gone over 2.5 goals
The Rams are in a tough spot at the moment, not having won a league game since the opening weekend of the campaign. They are D4 L2 in their last six league games, with no clean sheet in their last five played. The Rams suffered a heavy 3-0 loss at Brentford in their last away game which leaves them at W1 D1 L1 on the road this season in the second tier. The positive is that they are scoring goals.
They have hit the back of the net in five of their seven games this season. Derby have also opened the scoring in four of their seven league games this season, but have been leading at half time in just two. 80% of the goals that Derby have conceded this season have happened in the first half of matches, while they have scored five of their last seven in the first half of games. It’s not happening for them at the moment.
Derby aren’t quite there in quality and while Leeds don’t have much home form going for them at the moment, they are at least in a stronger position. They have the extra quality and better confidence about them. Leeds have won three of the last four meetings between the two of them. Leeds to win to nil.
18th September 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Championship returns to action on Friday night with Cardiff visiting Pride Park. Derby have been struggling with their form a little bit and they start the weekend just three points above the drop zone. So they are going to be feeling the pressure greatly on home soil. Cardiff are above them, two points better off. Read our Derby v Cardiff betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 10th, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.)
Derby find themselves in a bit of a sticky spot down near the relegation zone. Their summer of upheaval may just be catching up with them a bit. They won their opening game of the campaign, but are winless since in a W1 D3 L2 record in this season’s Championship.
The Rams have taken a W0 D2 L1 record on home soil this season. In their last home game, they did get a very good point against West Brom. The Rams have managed only one clean sheet in the league this season, that coming in their 0-0 home opener against Swansea. It’s been two goals scored in three home games from them.
Two of the three goals which they have conceded at Pride Park has been in the first half of matches. Carrying over from the back end of last season, Derby are winless (D2 L2) in their last four league home games, scoring just two goals in a sequence. Martyn Waghorn is their top scorer this season with three goals (two of those penalties).
Derby took four points from their 2017/18 Championship meetings with Cardiff
The last two meetings at Pride Park have gone over 3.5 goals
Just one of the last four meetings have produced a home win
Cardiff have lost two of their last three league visits to Derby
Cardiff don’t have any winning momentum behind them having drawn their last two league games. However, they are undefeated in their last three played in the second tier (W1 D2). Their home form has been far better than what they have produced on the road. Cardiff are just D1 L2 away from home, which hints that this is going to be a tough game for them.
The Bluebirds have failed to score in their last two on the road as well. They played out a 0-0 draw with Blackburn in their last road game. That was a big defensive improvement because they had conceded exactly three goals in both of their previous away games. Four of the six away goals they have conceded have been in the second half of games.
Cardiff have gone W1 D1 L3 in their last five Championship away games now. Each of their last three road losses in the Championship has seen them conceded exactly three goals. That sequence was started with a 3-1 loss at Derby at the back of last season.
With little away form behind them, it is hard to back Cardiff to come up with spoils in this one. Even though Derby haven’t managed to find their feet yet at Pride Park, this surely serves up a good opportunity to get their first home win. Derby to win.
11th September 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Saturday’s Championship action is going to start with a bang as Derby play host to West Brom. The Rams haven’t won since the opening weekend of the season, so need to get something going. Meanwhile, the Baggies have started the season strongly, unbeaten across their first four games. Read our Derby v West Brom betting tips for more.
West Brom 9/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Rams had their first taste of defeat this season as they suffered a 2-1 home loss against Bristol City in midweek. That has left them with just one point from their two home games played and just one goal scored. So are they set for a difficult season at Pride Park? Too early to tell that of course, and a win in this one would give things a totally different perspective.
Derby opened the season with a win at Huddersfield and then it is D2 L1 since then. They played out a 0-0 draw with Swansea in their one home game this season. Martyn Waghorn and Tom Lawerence have two goals each for the Rams this season, while it was Jack Marriott who got a consolation for them against Bristol City in midweek. Three of their five games this season have made it over 2.5 goals.
The Rams won both league meetings with West Brom last season
Derby are on a three-match winning streak against the Baggies in all competitions
Each of the last five meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
West Brom are winless in six against the Rams in all competitions
It has been a steady opening for West Brom, taking eight points from their first four games. Their midweek action saw them play out a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns with Reading. That’s both of their home games this season having finished as 1-1 draws. But as a positive for their backers this weekend, is the fact that they have won their two away games. The trend there is that both wins have been by a 2-1 scoreline.
Of course, all that adds up to no clean sheet from West Brom this season so it’s probably worth a look at both teams to score. The two goals that the Baggies have shipped away from home in this campaign have both been in the first half of matches. Grady Diangana (2) is their top scorer following his second-half brace against Luton last weekend. A win at Pride Park would be a superb way to keep their early away form going.
They have been close calls, but West Brom are carrying away form and with Derby not up and running with a win yet at home, the away win has some appeal. Either way, this has the look of being a high-scoring and thoroughly entertaining lunchtime affair.
22nd August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Derby have made a solid start to the new Championship after the heartbreak of losing the Play-Off Final last season. They are unbeaten over their opening three matches. That is more than can be said of Bristol City, but the Robins are just one point behind the Rams. So there is a big early three points up for grabs. Read our Derby v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 18th, 2019 7:27 p.m.)
It has been a return of W1 D2 from Derby’s three games this season in the Championship. Their lone win happened on the opening weekend of the season as they got a 2-1 win at Huddersfield. They have followed that up with a home draw against Swansea and an away draw on the weekend against Stoke. All four goals for Derby have come from two players, two each for Tom Lawrence and Martyn Waghorn.
The Rams produced a W13 D7 L3 record at home in last season’s Championship and they are now, including their draw against Swansea this season, on an eight-match undefeated streak of home form in the division, winning four of their last five. On the weekend, they will have been disappointed at not having converted an early lead at Stoke into a win but they instead found themselves needing to come up with an equaliser in the second half.
The Rams took four points off Bristol City last season
Derby took a 2-0 win at Ashton Gate in the last campaign
Four of the last six meetings have ended in a draw
Just one of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The Robins have recovered from a tough opening to the new season. They started with a home defeat against Leeds, but have taken four points from their next two games. It started with a 1-1 draw at Birmingham, before securing a solid 2-0 home win over QPR on the weekend. The huge positive from them is that they have scored in all three games played so far this season. All four of their goals have come from different players. In last season’s Championship campaign Bristol City won more games on the road than they did at home. They took a W11 D5 L7 record on their travels. With their draw at Birmingham this season that is a three-match undefeated streak of form on the road that the Robins are on in the Championship.
This may well be a close game, but we are going to stick with home advantage. It is not easy to go out on the road in such a short space of time after the weekend action. So because of that, we have to side slightly with the Rams at home to sneak a win by a one-goal margin.
19th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke are already under some early pressure having lost their opening two games of the new Championship season. Their defence has been exposed badly so far. After losing last season’s Championship play-off final, Derby have made a good start to the new campaign picking up four points from their opening two fixtures. Can the Rams keep some early momentum going? Read our Stoke v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 13th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.)
The Potters have had a rough start to the new campaign. They have been hit with back to back defeats. Their first one was at home against QPR and then they took a 3-1 hammering out at the newly promoted Charlton last weekend. So tough times for Stoke then and they are going to be under some heavy pressure here to get something going. But this doesn’t look like being a particularly easy game for them.
Especially with their defence having already shipped five goals in two games. Stoke produced a home record of W8 D9 L6 last season in the championship. They drew each of their last five home games of the last campaign. So throw in their home defeat against QPR that is a big six-match winless streak of league home form they are on. If you look at their overall home and away record from the end of last season to the start of this new one, they are winless in eight (D4 L4).
Stoke earned four points from the two Championship meetings with Derby last season
Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings
Derby have lost their last two Championship games at Stoke
Under 2.5 goals has featured in all but one of the last six meetings
After their summer of change and after narrowly missing out on a place in this season’s Premier League, it was always going to be interesting to see what Derby were going to come up with. They have started the new Championship season well with a W1 D1 record on the board. They travelled to Huddersfield on the opening weekend of the season and took a 2-1 win there. The Rams followed it up with a 0-0 home draw against Swansea.
Tom Lawrence has got both of their league goals this season. Both of those goals were inside the first 25 minutes of action at Huddersfield. So that is around 145 minutes without a league goal from them since then. Last season Derby posted a W7 D7 L9 record out on their travels and they were unbeaten in their final three road games of the regular season. One area in which they did struggle was earning away clean sheets, with one coming in just 13% of their road games.
There appears to be some trouble brewing at Stoke who have put in two poor defensive displays thus far. Despite all the changes that have happened at Derby over the summer, they looked to have settled pretty quickly into their new season and can go and get themselves a good away win.
15th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Rams are up and running for the new season with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Monday night. That was a tough opener out of the way and so it is to Pride Park on the weekend for their first home game of the new term. They will be facing a Swansea side who also opened positively, beating Hull. Read our Derby v Swansea betting tips for more.
A brace from Tom Lawerence gave Derby a 2-1 win in their opening game of the season. A positive start then for new boss Philip Cocu. That will have been a massive relief for them after a difficult summer. They lost in the playoff semi-finals to Aston Villa and then saw boss Frank Lampard walk away to join Chelsea. At the start of July, the Rams turned to former Netherlands international Cocu to steady the ship.
The Rams were under pressure for most of the second half, but they didn’t crumble. They just looked as if they ran out of steam, which was understandable. They will have Wayne Rooney as player-coach joining them in January. In last season’s Championship Derby did struggle a bit on their travels. The bulk of their success last season happened on home soil where they took a W13 D7 L3 record. They were unbeaten in their final seven games of the regular season there.
Derby earned four points against Swansea last season
The Rams have won their last two at home against the Swans by a 2-1 scoreline
Swansea are winless in four against Derby (W2 D2)
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
Swansea picked up three points on the opening weekend of the new season thanks to a 2-1 home win over Hull. Borja Baston and defender Mike van der Hoorn got their goals in the match. They went into the season with a pretty good pre-season behind them and they looked decent. Will it be enough to avoid defeat at Pride Park? Swansea did get themselves a top ten finish in the Championship last season but were a long way short of making it back up to the Premier League.
Their season was all built around their home form as well. They only posted a W6 D5 L12 record on their travels last term and they lost seven of their last nine road games (W1 D1). It was a pretty horrible run of form from them. In total last season Swansea scored an average of a goal per game away from home, taking a clean sheet in just 22% of road fixtures. Of their twelve road losses last season, eight of them were by one goal margin only. There were level at the half time break in 11 of their 23 away games.
We can see a tight game being played out a Pride Park. Of the two, Derby perhaps looked slightly better quality on the opening weekend of the season. Swansea aren’t going to be a pushover though and that’s why a low scoring game is going to be predicated. If you are looking for a winner, Derby look the more likely.
8th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Huddersfield finds themselves back down in the Championship after their two seasons in the top flight of English football. They will be looking to rebuild now and adjust to life back down a tier. They kick off the season with a home game against Derby. The Rams were play-off losers at the end of the last term, and have had a change at the top with Frank Lampard going to Chelsea. Read our Huddersfield v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 2:12 p.m.)
It was all doom and gloom for the Terriers last season. Their Premier League survival hopes faded very early in the season and they were quickly cut adrift at the foot of the table. Huddersfield only collected the sixteen points from their Premier League campaign, posting a W3 D7 L28 record. They also parted ways with David Wagner, the man who had gotten them up to the top flight in the first place. So now they have to try and rebuild from that, assess and adjust to life back down in the second tier.
Jan Siewert is the man charged with trying to guide them back up to the top flight. Relegation from the top flight is always a tough thing to deal with. It affects the squad and there has been plenty of comings and goings at the club including goalkeeper Jonas Lossll who has gone to Everton. They have done a bit of wheeling and dealing, grabbing a few first-timers like Isaac Mbenza from Montpellier and Tommy Elphick from Aston Villa. How strongly can they challenge for a place back in the top flight?
Huddersfield earned four points against Derby in the 2016/17 Championship
The Terriers have won one of their last 9 against the Rams only
Derby are W1 D2 L1 in their last four visits to Huddersfield
None of the last three meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
It has been all change at Derby as well. They made the play offs under Frank Lampard last season, but the summer has seen him leave to take over at Chelsea. The Rams finished in sixth place last season and enjoyed a breath of fresh air with Lampard giving plenty of time to youngsters. Unfortunately for Derby, the cream of those, like Mason Mount has followed Lampard to Stamford Bridge. The away form of Derby last season wasn’t anything spectacular or special. They posted a W7 D7 L9 record on their travels.
The Rams only managed a clean sheet in 13% of their road games last season. They averaged 1.25 goals per road game. Of the seven away wins that they recorded last season, five of them were by one goal margin only. It Was narrow margins from them a lot of the way really. They opened the scoring in 9 of their 23 road games last season. To replace Frank Lampard the Rams have brought in former Dutch international Phillip Cocu. It will be fascinating to see whether they can build on what was put in place last season or whether they will start to slip backwards.
The Terriers have some adjusting to do. The Rams know all about what it takes to get the job done in the second tier. It’s a fresh start for both, but the visitors don’t look a bad bit value to go and get themselves three points. They may just have more about them in the attack. It will be fascinating to see how these two do actually go at each other.
2nd August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Leeds shook off some poor form at the end of the regular season to give themselves an advantage going into the second leg of this playoff semi-final. Leeds will head back to Elland Road with a 1-0 advantage in the tie now. Will that be enough for the Whites to hold on and make it through? Will Derby have enough about them to mount a comeback? Read our Leeds v Derby betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 12th, 2019 at 3:28 p.m.)
Leeds have a good advantage behind them now for this playoff tie. They badly needed that positive at Pride Park in the first leg of this semi-final too, as they fell out of form at the end of the regular season. Leeds took just the one point from their final four league games of the season. So they were struggling there and had lost back to back away games as well. Across the course of the regular season, Leeds posted a W14 D4 L5 record for the season at Elland Road. In their last five games of the regular season though they only posted a W2 D1 L2 record, taking one point from their final two games played.
Leeds averaged 1.65 goals per home game in the course of the regular season and had their defensive strengths as well. They conceded at an under a goal per game on average. In total Leeds earned a clean sheet in 39% of their home fixtures. They finished the regular season on a four-match scoring streak of form at Elland Road, and they were level at the halftime break in 12 of their home fixtures. Leeds scored 63% of their home goals in the second period of matches and they opened the scoring in 14 of their games. The Whites closed out the season with the fifth best home record of all teams in the Championship and the third-best defence overall.
The Rams were carrying great form through to the end of the regular season with them, so it was a little surprising that they let the home advantage slip in this tie. The Rams were on a four-match winning streak of form before the loss against Leeds in this first game of this tie. Now, what can they come up with on the road? Derby are unbeaten in their last three away games, drawing two of those. Across the course of the regular season, they came up with seven away wins in a W7 D7 L9 record. They lost three of their five away games against the top five finishers.
Derby averaged 1.26 goals per away game, conceding at an average of 1.5 per road game. They did struggle for their away clean sheets, taking one in just 13% of their road fixtures. Of the seven wins that they did take away from home during the season, five of them were by a one-goal margin. Five of their nine away defeats were by a one-goal margin only. Derby finished the season on a six-match scoring streak, but how costly will that blank at Pride Park be? Derby only managed to open the scoring in one away game. They are going to have their work cut out for them.
The confidence that Leeds will have taken from their first leg success will have been huge. They can afford to be patient now and take the string out of this second leg. Another low scoring game could be on the cards. Leeds to win to nil.
13th May 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
At one stage of the season, it looked as if Derby had blown their chances of reaching the playoffs this season. But the strong finish got them there in the end, the Rams having to hold their nerve. As for Leeds, a poor run of form over their final four matches of the season saw them squander a golden chance at automatic promotion. Can they pick themselves back up to challenge in this play-off semi-final? Read our Derby v Leeds betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 5th, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.)
Between the middle of February and early April, Derby managed to win just two of 10 league games and they didn’t look as if they were going to be partaking in playoff action this season. However, they rallied themselves well with Frank Lampard guiding his troops to 4 wins in their last six league games (D2). So that was a fantastic run of form and there were a couple of tough games in that sequence as well. They managed to earn a 2-0 away win at Bristol city who were still in the mix for a run at the playoffs at the time, and then on the final day of the season Derby made sure of their own playoff fate by beating West Brom at Pride Park.
The home form of Derby over the course of the season was W13 D7 L3. They produced a mixed bag of results from their five games against the teams who finished above them in the table, Derby going W2 D1 L2 from those five games. They averaged 1.7 goals per home game this season and they were impressive at the back, conceding at under a goal per home fixture. In total, Derby claimed a clean sheet in 37% of home games. Of their 13 home successes for the season, nine of them were by a margin of at least two goals. Derby are on a seven match undefeated streak of form home form and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four home fixtures.
Leeds won 4-1 at Derby earlier this season
Leeds are undefeated in three league games against the Rams (W2 L1)
Derby have won one of their last four at home against Leeds (D1 L2)
Leeds are on a five-match scoring streak against the Rams
Well, it certainly turned all bit sour for Leeds at the end of the season. They managed to claim just the one point in their final four games of the campaign and pretty much summing up their demise, was a 3-2 away defeat at bottom side Ipswich on the final day of the season. So there has to be some concern over them ahead of this tough play-off semi-final. Basically, these had just lost their way with three defeats in their last four away games of the season as well (W1). So this is actually a big tough mental battle for them now. But they can take confidence from their performances in big away games during the course of the regular season. From their five away matches against other top six finishers leave produced a W4 L1 record.
The overall away form of Leeds this season was W11 D4 L8 and they average 1.5 goals per away game. In total, they claimed a clean sheet in 36% of their away games for the season. In 13 of their 23 away games during the regular season, Leeds were sat level at the halftime break in games. Seven of their 11 away wins recorded were by just the one goal margin only. The Whites scored 66% of their away goals in the second period of their away games. To finish the season, Leeds failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their final four games they are really going to need to rediscover their defensive strength ahead of this first leg away test against Derby. Leeds did finish the regular season with the third best defensive record in the second tier.
Give the respective form of these two at the end of the season, Burnley look well primed to earn a good advantage for themselves in the first leg of this semi-final tie. Leeds have just lost confidence in themselves. Derby to win.
7th May 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting