Derby County vs Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Derby County vs Cardiff City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Tuesday evening (19:45) game is live on SKYTV and is an important one in the battle for promotion.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Derby suffered a third successive defeat as they went down 2-1 at home to play-off rivals Middlesbrough.  The Rams only goal of the game came through a stoppage time David Nugent penalty.

Cardiff registered a second straight victory on Saturday evening as they defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1.  Aron Gunnarson and Sean Morison netted to give them a crucial three points in the promotion race.

The reverse fixture came at the end of September and it ended in a goalless draw in Wales in a game low on chances.  This match was originally scheduled for mid-March but was controversially postponed due to bad weather which created some bad feelings among the two side.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

This is a tough game to call as both sides are in desperate need of points at the top of the table.  A draw though might not be the end of the world for both sides it sneaks Derby back into the top six on goal-difference and extends to two points the lead Cardiff will have over Fulham.  I suspect this is what we will see and take this to be the result in a cagey and feisty affair which also means the goalless draw is worth a small interest also.

Game to end in a draw
Game to end in a goalless draw.

Derby County saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Derby County saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Cardiff City

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Derby County

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Derby County Form Guide

Derby County Team Logo

Derby County

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
W A

02-04-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

07-04-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

11-04-2018

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

14-04-2018

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

L H

21-04-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

24-04-2018

Championship

Cardiff City Team Logo Cardiff City

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

28-04-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

06-05-2018

Championship

Barnsley Team Logo Barnsley

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

11-05-2018

Championship Playoff

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

14-05-2018

Championship Playoff

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
W A

13-03-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

30-03-2018

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D A

02-04-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

06-04-2018

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

10-04-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

14-04-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

21-04-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

24-04-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 3 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

28-04-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

06-05-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Derby County Preview

The Rams run of three straight defeats and just three victories in their last 16 has seen them slide out of the top sixth.  They sit seventh one point behind Millwall in sixth with this crucial game in hand.

At the iPro Stadium, they have lost three of their last four matches and won just one of their last six.  Five of their last six at their own ground have seen both teams find the back of the net.

David Nugent went 19 domestic matches without scoring though he has now netted two in his last two appearances.  Each of the last two and four of the last six Derby have played have gone over 2.5 goals.

 

Derby County Team News

Ikechi Anya (calf), Kyle McAllister (groin) and Jonathan Mitchell (finger) are doubts while Sam Winnall (cruciate) is out for the season

Cardiff City Preview

The Bluebirds need two victories from their three remaining fixtures to be certain of promotion back to the Premier League.  After this game, they face two bottom-half sides with a road trip to Hull and then they end the season hosting Reading.

Away from the Cardiff City Stadium, they have lost just one of the last eight winning four of these.  Kenneth Zohore has found the back of the net in three of his last five appearances on the road.

Just one of the last five Cardiff have played have gone over 2.5 goals with just two of these seeing both teams find the back of the net.  Around 64% of goals the Welsh side have scored have come in the second-half.

 

Cardiff City Team News

Jazz Richards (ankle) and Danny Ward (knee) are both doubts.

 

Derby County Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Derby County vs Cardiff City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Scott Carson 190 86
6 CD Richard Keogh 188 87
33 CD Curtis Davies 188 76
3 CD Craig Forsyth 191 81
14 LM Andre Wisdom 186 78
44 CM Tom Huddlestone 180 80
15 CM Bradley Johnson 178 68
29 RM Marcus Olsson 180 72
10 RF Tom Lawrence 175 70
32 CF Cameron Jerome 185 85
19 LF Andreas Weimann 188 76
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 191 89
3 RB Joseph Bennett 177 74
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 88
5 LB Bruno Ecuele Manga 185 76
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 89
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 63
17 CM Aron Gunnarsson 177 70
18 CM Callum Paterson 183 76
29 RF Jamie Ward 165 68
44 CF Gary Madine 175 70
33 LF Junior Hoilett 173 70