Two of this year’s Championship promotion hopefuls face off each other at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday – Stoke City and Derby County.
Both teams showed flashes of brilliance in last year’s campaign but missed on making a return to the Premier League by narrow margins.
This year the stakes are much higher, and that’s reflected in our Championship betting markets.
Both teams will be in the mix with the likes of Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Brentford.
Which is why every point counts – especially in this particular matchup that the Rams are expected to win.
Pair Stokes’ woeful home record with the attacking prowess of Phillipe Cocu’s offence and you’ll soon find out betting on a win for the travelling team in our Stoke vs Derby predictions will be the safest punt to make…
Derby vs Stoke Predictions
The Rams have been as dominant as any side can be in this fixture and that means that Stoke will once again have their work cut out for them.
Aside from their unbeaten start to the season, Derby have also won five of the last nine games in this fixture dominating across the pitch, with their opponents on a seven-game winless streak.
This was evident in the performance that Cocu’s men displayed against Swansea City last week.
From Matt Clarke and Krystian Bielik’s defensive grit in the back four to Jack Marriott’s contributions on the counter, Derby were definitely unlucky to not claim all three points.
However, the link-up plays between the attacking midfield and front two – Marriott and Martyn Waghorn -means that our Stoke vs Derby predictions are putting them in prime position to terrorize Stoke’s suspect defence.
Whereas Marriott may be useful on the counter, Waghorn will provide them with a real focal point up top – you can read about their team’s chances to do well this season in our 2019/20 Championship season preview.
Cocu will be free to switch up his attacking tactics to create havoc amongst the Potter’s backline, whether that’s during free kicks or corners.
This will really put Stoke’s central defence to the test, with the likes of Bruno Martins Indi and Nathan Collins responsible for keeping him away from any and all goalscoring chances.
All in all, it could be a long day for Stoke, and they’ll do well to not avoid a hammering from Derby.
Stoke vs Derby Head To Head
Last year’s clash between these two teams resulted in the points being shared.
But based on stats and the form-book, this Saturday’s clash will be a more one-sided affair.
The Rams look more like the team we saw sink Stoke in 2017 by two goals to one, boasting counterattacking players such as David Nugent and Mason Bennett throughout the team.
Exactly the kind of players our Stoke vs Derby predictions are expecting to produce a win.
Stoke Team News
Fortunately for Jones and his team’s chances of a potential upset, there are very few injuries to report of.
Ryan Shawcross is the only noticeable absent.
The captain is still recovering from a fractured foot and will most likely miss a chunk of this season’s games.
Elsewhere, the Potters will be able to field their strongest starting XI to try to contest with Derby – although it may not be enough to earn them any points.
Derby Team News
Meanwhile, for the Rams, Jayden Bogle will be a big miss.
The 19-year-old picked up an ankle injury during the draw against Swansea City that meant he missed the midweek EFL Cup tie against Scunthorpe.
Given how important Bogle was for Derby last season, featuring in 50 games, this will definitely make things harder for Cocu’s men to claim victory.
But our Stoke vs Derby predictions still wagers that they’ll be able to scrape through.
Stoke vs Derby Betting Tips
Despite the short odds, our Stoke vs Derby match bets are still tipping the Rams as favourites to win, with their opponents wagering in as 5/4 underdogs.
The chances of a draw playing out are being forecast at odds of 11/5, but given Stoke City’s defensive disarray, there is a stronger chance that Cocu’s men will claim the win.