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
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.
Cardiff 8/5, Derby 9/5, Draw 21/10* (Betting Odds taken at 3:42 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)
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 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 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.
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.
23rd April 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Derby can’t seem snap their winless streak of form and they are to the point of slipping out of the play off places. This is going to be no easy game for them at home against Cardiff who are in astounding form at the moment. The Bluebirds won yet again in midweek with a success at Brentford, moving them out ot a seven-match winning streak in the second tier. Will they take it a step further to keep the pressure on leaders Wolves?
Derby 11/8, Cardiff 2/1, Draw 11/5* (Betting Odds taken at 01:36 a.m. on March 14th, 2018)
The Rams have failed to take a win in their last seven games now in the Championship, winning just one of their last ten. That’s a huge drop off in terms of form for them as they were steaming along pretty much until the turn of the new year. They have just two league wins in 2018. The Rams have drawn five of their last seven games though so they are battling away and go into this one after back to back away draws at QPR and Nottingham Forest. Their home form reads W9 D5 L4 for the season which is pretty solid but they have won only one of their last six on home soil (D4 L1). So that would suggest that they could battle for a point, but this is a tough game. In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 01:36 a.m. on March 14th, 2018). Derby are on a four-match scoring streak at home and have averaged 1.6 goals per home game while conceding an average of just 0.8 goals at home per game. They really need some wind in their sails to maintain their play off position.
Cardiff just seems to be going from strength to strength. Back over the Christmas period, they looked a spent force, but suddenly burst back into life and have gone unbeaten in their last eleven games home and away. They are currently on a seven-match winning streak in the Championship having won out at Brentford in midweek. Out on the road, they have won their last two games, going unbeaten in five now (W3 D2). The Bluebirds have averaged 1.3 goals per away game this season on their travels and six of the nine wins that they have posted on their travels have been by a one-goal margin. Cardiff to win this by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 10/3 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 01:36 a.m. on March 14th, 2018). They start the game three points behind leaders Wolves and are still well in the picture for that title. Can they keep their immense momentum going? It may be worth having a look at a half-time draw as the Bluebirds have been level at the break in eleven of their eighteen road games.
Cardiff won at Pride Park last season, taking three points in a 4-3 thriller. There was a 0-0 draw played out between these two earlier in the season and from the last five Championship fixtures, this are even with two wins each and a draw. There’s really nothing much to split hem and both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings.
It is a good opportunity to take a good price on Cardiff as they head out on the road. The Bluebirds are just humming along at the moment and even though inevitably they won’t keep winning, their streak may not come to an end in this one. Away win.
16th March 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting