Derby County vs Sunderland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Derby County vs Sunderland Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Friday evening (19:45) game is live on SKYTV and it features two sides looking for points at opposite ends of the Championship.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Derby were scheduled to play Cardiff in their last league match but that tie was controversially postponed due to the weather.  This means they were last in league action way back on March 11th when they drew 0-0 at local rivals Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland stretched their winless run to ten last time out as they were beaten 2-0 at home to Preston.  The Black Cats can have few complaints about the result as they barely created a chance.

The reverse fixture came on the opening day of the season and it ended 1-1 with County taking the lead through Bradley Johnson and the Wearsiders levelling up through a Lewis Grabban penalty.  It marked the second successive meeting between the sides that has finished all-square.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Derby are strong favourites to win the game but at those prices I could not be backing them given they have not won any of their last seven though Sunderland do not offer anything to suggest siding with them makes any sense.
This is a tough game to form an opinion on so a couple of anytime goalscorer plays looks the best solution.  First, try Ikechi Anya as the Rams have a ton of injuries to their front line and he should start in the three behind David Nugent.  Jamie Hanson is another who could come in to the three behind the striker if Tom Lawrence remains injured and at those odds he looks massive in the to score any time market.

Ikechi Anya anytime goalscorer
Jamie Hanson anytime goalscorer

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

Derby County saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Sunderland

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

Sunderland saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Derby County

AVG Goals

1.2

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

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
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)

W A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Notts County Team Logo Notts County

FT 1 - 4

(HT 0 - 2)

Sunderland Form Guide

Sunderland Team Logo

Sunderland

Won

2

Draw

3

Lost

5
L A

10-03-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

17-03-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

30-03-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

02-04-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

07-04-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

10-04-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

14-04-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

21-04-2018

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

27-04-2018

Championship

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

06-05-2018

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

Derby County Preview

The Rams are now without a victory in seven though they have lost just two of these with five ending in a draw.  They sit in fifth place and still must face four of the top six between now and the end of the season.

At the iPro Stadium, they are without a win in three and have won just one of their last six in the league.  Each of their last three and four of their last six at their own ground have seen both teams find the back of the net.

43% of the league goals Derby have scored this season have come in the fifteen minutes just after the interval and the 15 minutes before the end of the game.  23 of the 37 games they have played have seen exactly two or three goals.

 

Derby County Team News

Tom Lawrence (unknown), Marcus Olsson (back), Joe Ledley, George Thorne (both calf), Kyle McAllister, Matej Vydra (both groin) and Jonathan Mitchell (finger) are doubts while Sam Winnall (cruciate) is out for the season.  Tom Huddlestone will miss the game through suspension.

Sunderland Preview

Just three points from their last ten games means that the Black Cats are right at the bottom of the table.  With eight games remaining they are five points from safety and just three of their eight remaining ties are against teams in the bottom ten.

Away from the Stadium of Light, they have taken just two points from their last six and have shipped 16 goals in their last eight on the road.  Bryan Oviedo has netted in two of his last five on his travels.

Sunderland have the worst defensive record in the Championship having shipped 68 goals in their 38 matches.  If the league was settled on results after 45 minutes then the Wearsiders would be as high as 20th.

Sunderland Team News

Jason Steele will miss the game through suspension.  Marc Wilson, Darron Gibson, Patrick McNair (all groin), Jonny Williams and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are doubts while Duncan Watmore (knee), Robbin Ruitter (broken finger) and Tyias Browning (groin) are out for the season.

 

 

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

Sunderland 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 Sunderland Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Scott Carson 190 86
33 CD Curtis Davies 188 76
3 RB Craig Forsyth 191 81
6 CD Richard Keogh 188 87
12 LB Chris Baird 181 74
23 CM Matej Vydra 180 71
10 CM Tom Lawrence 175 70
19 CM Andreas Weimann 188 76
15 CDM Bradley Johnson 178 68
34 CDM George Thorne 188 84
32 CF Cameron Jerome 185 85
No. Pos Player M kg
12 GK Lee Camp 183 75
3 RB Bryan Oviedo 172 70
23 CD Lamine Kone 189 90
16 CD John O'Shea 191 75
22 LB Donald Love 178 72
26 CM George Honeyman 173 72
19 RM Aiden McGeady 178 72
6 CDM Lee Cattermole 178 76
27 LM Lynden Gooch 173 69
4 CM Patrick McNair 183 72
9 CF Ashley Fletcher 185 78