Preston v Derby Championship betting preview and tips

20:45 Fri 01 Feb
Football
England
Championship
Tip: X
Units: 1/5
Odds: +240

Despite sitting sixteenth in the Championship table, Preston North End are one of the form teams in the division after picking up wins away to QPR and Stoke.

Alex Neil has previously steered Norwich City to the Premier League and his team have bagged six goals in those away matches which suggests that they could yet make a concerted push for the play-offs.

PNE are slight favourites to beat Derby on Friday night although the Rams are ten points better off in sixth place and fresh from their FA Cup exertions which saw them overcome Accrington to reach round five.

Frank Lampard’s side have been a bit of a mixed bag on the road this season although six wins and four draws is a respectable enough return and the only teams to have beaten the Rams since the end of November have been Leeds and Sheffield United.

Derby will be missing the influential Mason Mount who picked up a hamstring injury in the FA Cup clash, although they have a solid central defensive partnership in Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori, while Tom Huddlestone is likely to return and add some steel to the midfield area.

Preston’s home form of 5-6-3 means that we can’t be too confident that they’ll beat a top six side at fairly short odds and we’ll instead back the game to finish all square.

It’s an outcome which would please County in their quest to remain in the play-off spots and the plain fact is that North End haven’t won any of their previous four matches at Deepdale.

Striker Sean Maguire hasn’t yet started firing for his team this season, while new signing Jayden Stockley will be looking for his first home goal since completing a move from Exeter City earlier in January.

BETTING TIP
Draw @ 3.40 with bet365

Team News

Preston: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Derby: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Declan Rudd
  • 16
    Andrew Hughes
  • 06
    Ben Davies
  • 14
    Jordan Storey
  • 02
    Darnell Fisher
  • 04
    Ben Pearson
  • 12
    Paul Gallagher
  • 24
    Sean Maguire
  • 08
    Alan Browne
  • 44
    Brad Potts
  • 20
    Jayden Stockley
  • 21
    Kelle Roos
  • 23
    Duane Holmes
  • 06
    Richard Keogh
  • 05
    Fikayo Tomori
  • 46
    Scott Malone
  • 04
    Craig Bryson
  • 17
    George Evans
  • 07
    Harry Wilson
  • 09
    Martyn Waghorn
  • 28
    David Nugent
  • 10
    Tom Lawrence

Championship

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 42 25 11 6 85:51 86
2 Sheffield Unite 42 23 10 9 69:39 79
3 Leeds 42 23 9 10 65:40 78
4 West Bromwich A 42 21 10 11 80:55 73
5 Aston Villa 42 18 15 9 77:58 69
6 Bristol City 41 18 11 12 55:46 65
7 Middlesbrough 42 17 13 12 44:36 64
8 Derby 41 17 12 12 59:50 63
9 Hull 42 17 9 16 61:59 60
10 Sheffield Wedne 42 15 15 12 52:54 60
11 Nottingham Fore 42 14 15 13 56:52 57
12 Preston 42 15 12 15 60:59 57
13 Swansea 41 16 8 17 55:54 56
14 Birmingham 42 13 16 13 58:54 55
15 Brentford 42 14 12 16 66:58 54
16 Blackburn 42 14 11 17 57:64 53
17 Stoke 42 11 19 12 41:47 52
18 Queens Park Ran 42 13 9 20 50:65 48
19 Reading 42 10 14 18 47:63 44
20 Millwall 41 10 13 18 44:56 43
21 Wigan 42 10 12 20 45:62 42
22 Rotherham 42 8 16 18 46:72 40
23 Bolton 42 8 8 26 29:72 32
24 Ipswich 42 4 16 22 32:67 28