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

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Derby County vs Leicester City Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Derby County host Leicester City at Pride Park on 27/01/2017 in an east-Midlands derby to kick off the fourth round of the FA Cup. Derby took a significant step towards reaching the top six of the Championship on Saturday, beating promotion contenders Reading 3-2 at home to move within two points of the playoffs. For Leicester meanwhile, fears of dropping down to the Championship are becoming more and more realistic by the week after losing 3-0 at Southampton. Read on for a full match preview complete with betting tips and predictions.

Derby Preview

Steve McClaren’s Derby moved within touching distance of the top six last time out after coming from behind to beat Reading 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at Pride Park. John Swift put the Royals ahead in the first fifteen minutes, although Darren Bent restored parity heading into half-time. Midway through the second half both Tom Ince and Will Hughes found the back of the net in a ten-minute spell to put the Rams in firm control of the tie, and although Yakou Meite pulled one back with ten minutes to go, they saw the game out to hold onto the three points. The victory came as a timely result for Derby, who had failed to win in their previous three league outings, failing to score during that time as they lost two and drew one from New Year’s Eve onwards. However, they did pick up a win over Premier League opposition during that winless league run, beating West Brom 2-1 in the third round of the FA Cup, with this their second cup tie with a fellow side from the Midlands in the division above. The priority for Derby this season is undoubtedly to earn a place in the playoffs and have another go at making the Premier League. That said, McClaren named a strong lineup in the last round and a win here would undoubtedly give both the team and fans a real boost.

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Leicester Preview

The signs from Leicester’s defeat at Southampton on Sunday certainly weren’t good for the proposed end to their campaign. Claudio Ranieri’s side lost their second successive game by a 3-0 scoreline when they travelled to St. Mary’s and found themselves blown away by the Saints’ intensity. James Ward-Prowse gave the hosts a deserved lead in the first half, before Jay Rodriguez added a second five minutes before half-time to leave Leicester with a mountain to climb. Playing with a diamond in midfield, the Foxes’ system wasn’t at all suited to their players on the pitch as they looked disjointed and unbalanced and were put to the sword as Dusan Tadic confirmed the win with a late penalty. This was supposed to be the period of the season where Leicester turned their domestic form around with no Champions League football present, but, just as they proved winning can become a difficult habit to shake last season, losing is even tougher to prevent. They need a win from somewhere, although their third round win was unable to inspire a turnaround in the Premier League, losing back-to-back games in the aftermath of their victory over Everton. With just two wins from their fifteen away matches in all competitions, Leicester have really struggled on the road this term and this has all the makings of an exciting, proper FA Cup tie.

Derby Team News

Craig Forsyth (cruciate ligament) and Max Lowe (groin) are both sidelined for Derby. George Thorne (broken leg) is still some way from reaching full match fitness, while Ikechi Anya (hamstring), Nick Blackman and David Nugent (both knee) will be assessed.

Leicester Team News

The trio of Daniel Amartey, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani all remain unavailable for the Foxes due to the Africa Cup of Nations. Ben Hamer (head) is a doubt, while wantaway striker Leonardo Ulloa (thigh) is also set to miss out.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Taking all of the factors into consideration coming into this game, including the fact it is an east-Midlands derby, this could be one of the more entertaining ties of the round. Leicester have been really poor of late, and with their current league position are more likely to be concerned with that than the FA Cup, so I’m going for Derby to cause an upset.

Derby win - 6/4

Derby win and both teams to score YES - 9/2

Derby to score in the second half YES - 4/5

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

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

Leicester City saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

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

AVG Goals

2

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

7

Draw

1

Lost

2
W A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Oldham Athletic Team Logo Oldham Athletic

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

18-08-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

21-08-2018

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

25-08-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

W A

01-09-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

15-09-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

18-09-2018

Championship

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo Blackburn Rovers

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-09-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W A

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

Manchester United Team Logo Manchester United

FT 9 - 10

(HT 1 - 0)

Leicester City Form Guide

Leicester City Team Logo

Leicester City

Won

6

Draw

1

Lost

3
D H

01-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Lille Team Logo Lille

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

10-08-2018

Premier League

Manchester United Team Logo Manchester United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

18-08-2018

Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W A

25-08-2018

Premier League

Southampton Team Logo Southampton

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Fleetwood Town Team Logo Fleetwood Town

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

01-09-2018

Premier League

Liverpool Team Logo Liverpool

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

15-09-2018

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 4 - 2

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

22-09-2018

Premier League

Huddersfield Town Team Logo Huddersfield Town

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

Derby County Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

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

Leicester City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.8

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 Leicester City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Scott Carson 190 86
12 LB Chris Baird 181 74
29 RB Marcus Olsson 180 72
6 CD Richard Keogh 188 87
16 CD Alex Pearce 183 74
19 CM Will Hughes 185 73
15 CM Bradley Johnson 178 68
4 CM Craig Bryson 170 60
10 LF Thomas Ince 178 66
11 CF Darren Bent 180 73
7 RF Johnny Russell 178 67
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kasper Schmeichel 189 89
17 LB Danny Simpson 176 78
5 CD Wes Morgan 186 93
6 CD Robert Huth 191 80
28 RB Christian Fuchs 187 84
11 LM Marc Albrighton 175 67
4 CM Danny Drinkwater 178 70
10 CM Andy King 184 74
3 RM Ben Chilwell 178 77
20 CF Shinji Okazaki 174 76
9 CF Jamie Vardy 179 74