After a whole summer of controversy, disappointment, and plenty of departures, Derby County have kick-started their 2019/20 Championship campaign impressively.
The Rams started the season with a victory over newly-relegated Huddersfield, thanks to a Tom Lawrence-inspired resurgence, which is who our Derby vs Swansea predictions think they’ll find joy through.
Despite the news of Wayne Rooney taking over the helms from Phillipe Cocu in the aftermath of Frank Lampard’s move to Chelsea, Derby haven’t allowed this to affect their style of play.
Yet in this Saturday’s opponents, Swansea, they face a completely different task altogether.
Steve Cooper’s men have been just as mesmerizing to watch in the opening stages of the season and will be tough to break down.
And you can read about where we think both teams will finish this season in our complete 2019/20 Championship season preview.
So, our betting tipsters are expecting a draw to play out this Saturday at the iPro Stadium…
Derby vs Swansea Predictions
The way in which Derby have started the season proves that they mean business this year.
With a gruelling win to kick-start their new campaign, the Rams had a whole host of attacking features on hand to turn the tide in their favour after a nervy final ten minutes.
Aside from Lawrence and his impressive brace, Derby were able to utilize position well enough to curate chances via David Nugent and Mason Bennet.
Yet the clumsiness they showcased to concede a penalty to Town adds further precedent to why our Derby vs Swansea predictions are expecting a draw to play out.
Especially against a compact Swansea side who are undefeated in their last six matches – none more so clearer than in their victory over Hull City.
Just as Derby did against the Terriers, Steve Cooper’s men had to ride the storm, after going down early in the game.
Yet quick-fire headers in the second-half from Borja Baston and Mike van der Hoorn earned the Swans three points.
It’s clear that both teams operate in similar fashions – quick on the counter, and smart in defence.
While the Swans may edge in the offensive department, Derby have a bolstered defence leading into the game.
All in all, a draw may just be a fair result in both the live game and in our Championship betting markets.
Derby vs Swansea Head To Head
The last three games between the two clubs have been close encounters, with Derby narrowly win two of those games by two goals to one.
Yet the clash between the sides earlier on this year in May is the one that provides our Derby vs Swansea predictions and betting tips with some precedent.
Despite the fact that the man who got Swansea their only goal of the game – Wayne Routledge – isn’t available for this Sunday’s clash, there were still other players who rose to the task in link-up play, holding Derby to the draw.
The likes of Barrie Mckay and Kyle Naughton provided pace on the counter and will be just as troublesome for the Rams back-four if a point is to be claimed.
Derby Team News
Cocu will be adding some big names to his lineup ahead of this weekend’s match.
Striker Jack Marriot returns to the squad after spending last Monday’s game on the bench – he will likely replace Florian Josefzoon in the front three.
Meanwhile, the Rams highly-rated new signing, Krystian Bielik, should also get a start against Swansea.
The former Gunners defensive midfielder will be a welcome relief in the centre of the park, providing some balance to Derby’s pacey attack.
Scott Carson, Andre Wisdom and George Thorne are all long-term absentees, which our Derby vs Swansea predictions foresee won’t impact the starting XI permutations at all.
Swansea City Team News
In the Swans camp, there are bigger fish to fry.
Indeed, Cooper will be without Wayne Routledge who picked up a knock in pre-season and will require further treatment ahead of the new season.
However, the travelling team do have winger Kristoff Peterson up their sleeves as a potential thorn in Derby’s plans to clinch consecutive wins.
Aldo Kalulu from Basel on loan is likely to be included in the matchday squad for the trip to iPro Stadium.
Derby vs Swansea Betting Tips
The Rams are the betting favourites, trading at odds of 6/5 in our Derby vs Swansea predictions and betting tips.
Yet while punting on Cooper’s men may seem tempting too (11/5 to win), there’s more of a chance of a draw playing out, especially with odds of 11/5 tipped in our Derby vs Swansea match bets.