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Championship Betting

Hull v Derby Betting Preview

The Tigers look to have this tie in the bag pretty much after banking a 3-0 win on the road in the first leg. That is a huge step towards the Championship Play Off Final taken by Steve Bruce’s men. They head back to home soil on Tuesday night just looking to close out the deal, but the question is, is there anything left in this tie for the Rams to get a shot at? It’s a massive ask for the visitors to the KC Stadium on Wednesday night to pull back in his.

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Hull v Derby Betting Tips

What a performance it was from Hull in the first leg and now the Tigers are favourites to win promotion to the top flight through the play offs. Steve Bruce’s men look set to head to Wembley now for the Play Off Final and they just need to close out the semi final deal after winning the first 3-0 against the Rams. Striker Abel Hernandez has been in fantastic form lately and he continued his run of form by opening the scoring in the first leg. That was his 22nd goal of the season and his fifth in his last six appearances for the Tigers. He is on top of his game at the moment and can be backed at a price of 8/5 in the anytime goalscorer market to put a goal on the board in the second leg as well. Given the record that Hull put on the board at the KC Stadium over the course of the regular Championship season, it’s hard to see them failing to move ahead here.

Hull lost just the one home game in the Championship in a W15 D7 L1 record this season. Incidentally the only loss that they did suffer at home was against Derby of all teams. The Tigers lost that fixture 2-0 so even if that happened again it wouldn’t be the end of the Play Off World for them. Hull are just one big step closer to getting back up into the English top flight here. Hull scored over an average of two goals per game at home this season and conceded at an average rate of just around 0.5 per game. As they don’t have to go out and bust a lung in this one and were supremely comfortable in the first leg, under 2.5 goals is a quote of 8/11 with Sky Bet. Hull are a backable at a quote of 12/5 to take a win to nil in the second leg as well. Hull have scored exactly two goals in their last two home wins over Derby but they have alternated between a win and loss at home against the Rams in their last four.

Derby probably have blown their chances of getting to the top flight and again look set to suffer some play off heartbreak. Last season they were denied a place in the play offs on the final day of the regular season and in 2014 they lost the Play Off Final in the last minute of the game. Luck’s not their thing it would seem here. It wasn’t until ten minutes from time in the first leg that the Rams even managed to get a shot on target against Hull and everything they did in the game just failed to work. Darren Wassall’s men can’t just roll up and quit already, they have to throw something at this, but on the evidence of the first leg, it’s nowhere near enough. That’s a little strange considering that they won the two regular season games against the Tigers. Out on the road Derby haven’t been at their best having posted a poor W3 D4 L5 record in their twelve away games since December 29th last year. At the end of the day, they were the only side to win at the KC in the regular season and posted a convincing home win over Hull too. But they look a long way from those kind of success and overturning a 3-0 deficit is a big, big ask. Chris Martin is a 2/1 quote in the anytime goalscorer market for the Rams.

Hull v Derby Betting Odds

Hull 11/10, Draw 21/10, Derby 14/5

Hull v Derby Predictions

The damage has been done in terms of the tie here. This is too much for the Rams to do and Hull don’t have to risk anything at all. So they should be comfortable on the night and as Derby have to try things, they may just get picked off again. Worth running with the Tigers to win the second leg too.

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17th May 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Championship Betting


The FA Cup action kicks off at Pride Park on Friday night as Championship side Derby takes on Premier League fallen giants Manchester United. There is a hint of a Cup upset going on here because the Rams have been really hard to beat at Pride Park this season, while Manchester United have only won two of their last nine away games.

So will the Red Devils get toppled? Will it be much of a surprise if they do? The Red Devils have won four of the last five meetings against the Rams including their last meeting, which was in the 2009 FA Cup, the Red Devils running out 4-1 winners at Pride Park.

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29th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


Can Championship side Derby take down Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night? The IPro Stadium will be buzzing with anticipation,with the Rams knowing that Manchester United are no-where near the intimidating force that once they were and they will be fancying their chances of pulling off a Cup upset on home soil.

Derby have been in contention for promotion to the Premier League for most of the season, but have just fallen foul of some indifferent form, going winless in five league matches. However, they have only lost the two home matches all season long and hard to break down at the IPro Stadium.

They will be taking on a Manchester United side who have won just three of their last thirteen matches in all competition and just two of their last nine games outside of Old Trafford. So definitely a whiff of a Cup upset as this looks as if it could be a tricky game for the Red Devils and online betting site Ladbrokes are running a Monday Back Special for your Derby v Manchester United betting.

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28th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Manchester United

Derby v Manchester United Betting Preview

Is there a giant-killing act on the cards for Friday night when Derby v Manchester United kicks off the fourth round of FA Cup actin. The Red Devils have been out of sorts for most of the season and they face a tough match at the IPro Stadium against Derby, who have been a pretty solid home side all season. The Championship side have just fallen foul of some indifferent form, but they will probably be well up for the challenge of trying to claim what would be a massive Premier League scalp.

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Derby v Manchester United Betting Tips

If the Rams were running on the kind of form that they had been in until the turn of the new year, this match would look more cut and dry towards the home side. However, the Rams have just going off the boil a little bit having only won one of their last six matches in all competitions. That lone win in that sequence was a 2-1 away win at Hartlepool in the last round of the FA Cup. So it has been a W1 D2 L3 record over their last six played, which is in stark contrast to the good form they have produced for most of the season. Prior to this stretch of form they had suffered just one loss in eighteen games, winning thirteen of those. Still, they are good at the IPro having posted a W7 D2 L1 in their last ten and they should test United. Derby have only failed to score twice at home all season

At the back, the Rams have picked up seven clean sheets in fourteen home games this season. Chris Martin is their top scorer this season and is running at a price of 12/5 to break the United defence on Friday night in the anytime goalscorer market. Derby lost their last FA Cup match against Manchester Untied pretty heavily, Cristiano Ronaldo weighing in with a goal as United ran out 4-1 winner back in 2009. Derby have won just one (L4) of their last five meetings with the Red Devils in all competitions and have won just one of the last seven against them. However, on paper at the moment looking at these two, with the home crowd behind them, there’s nothing really for Derby to be fearing in this match. The game isn’t likely to have a lot of goals in it, so go under the 2.5 goal line for a price of 4/6 with online betting site Ladbrokes.

Manchester United aren’t in much better form really and they have only picked up three wins in their last thirteen games across all competitions. Not what you would expect from them at all. They haven’t been good out on the road with just two wins in their last nine away from Old Trafford. United lost at home against Southampton in the Premier League on the weekend, another match where they lacked any dynamic, creative play or threat in the final third. Defensively United have earned just the one clean sheet in their last seven away games in all competitions and that is despite some brilliant performances from David de Gea. The Red Devils have lost three of their last five away games (W1 D1) and for Friday night’s game they have Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial at 8/5 anytime goalscorer options. United have to be a little nervous about this trip and have only managed to score more than one goal in a game on two occasions.

Derby v Manchester United Betting Odds

Manchester United 10/11, Draw 12/5, Derby 3/1

Derby v Manchester United Predictions

It is pretty hard to back Manchester United at an odds on price for this one. There just hasn’t been the performances from them to warrant that short of a price. The Rams could get something big out of this fourth round tie if they approach it in the right manner and with the home support behind them, they’ll need to take this one shot at taking down the Premier League giants and avoid the replay. Home win.

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27th January 2016 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting


Football League sponsors Sky Bet have handed over £250,000 prize money to Championship outfit Derby Country after supporter Richard Jones landed them the cash in the Sky Bet Transfer Fund. The competition ran by online betting site Sky Bet was drawn to a conclusion on the weekend live on Sky Sports and Jones saw his name pulled out of the hat.

All of the entrants to the competition were whittled down to the final ten for the live draw at random and then Derby were the final benefactors leaving the other nine finalists Peterborough, Carlisle, Ipswich, Cardiff, Rotherham, Coventry, Newport, Bolton and Southend empty handed.

Jones pocketed £5,000 for himself and Derby get the huge boost of cash which can either be spent on signing new players or on current wagers. Derby has already been busy this summer bringing in Darren Bent, Alex Pearce, Scott Carson, Chris Baird, Andreas Weimann and Tom Ince after just missing out on the Championship play-offs last term.

”We’re really pleased,” said Brandon Furse, head of ticketing, analytics and technology at Derby. ”We’re pleased for Rich Jones and we thank him for putting us forward.

“This money will certainly help. We’ve got a new football management team at Derby. This will certainly help to strengthen us and it could make a difference.

“We’ve been close the last couple of seasons and, who knows, this might just be the player that scores us that goal or saves that goal for us. We’ll put it to very, very good use.”

Derby is the second winners of the Sky Bet Transfer Fund, Nottingham Forest being the inaugural winners last December, who used the funds to get Chelsea’s Todd Kane and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on loan.

12th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Championship Betting

The race for Europe’s top domestic league titles are pretty much shaping up for a non-exciting finish. Chelsea for example, are easing their way to the Premier League title, even without playing well and let’s not forget that online betting site Paddy Power paid out on a Chelsea title win back in November.

Over in Germany, Bayern Munich are massive 1/5000 odds on favourites to win the Bundesliga,ten points clear currently of nearest challengers Wolfsburg. Juventus have a massive fourteen point lead at the top of Serie A in Italy and over in Spain, Barcelona’s El Clasico win over rivals Real Madrid on the week saw the Catalans take firm control of the title race, opening a four point lead up over Carlo Ancelotti’s slumping Madrid. So there’s really no value around in the battle for major league honours across Europe, but take a look at the English Championship, and in contrast, you will find hatfuls.

Six points separate the top six sides in the Championship and there are just eight points back from the top to eighth placed Wolves. There is so much life, so many twists and turns in such a wide-open competitive league that there is value around, even on the current front runners.

The Money Race – Championship Betting 2015

It is Bournemouth who are currently sitting top of the table with a one point ascendancy over Wolves. They cruised to a 3-0 home win over Middlesbrough on the weekend and the free-scoring Cherries do look to be firing their way to the title, currently unbeaten in side. What should boost their chances of securing automatic promotion too is the fact that they only face one of the top ten sides in their run in. 12 per cent of money on the Championship winner at Paddy Power has come in for the Cherries and are 6/4 favourites to land the title.

Second placed Watford (4/1) and third placed Middlesbrough (3/1) are not only tied up on 72 points each, but they have taken similar amounts of cash to win the Championship at online bookmaker Paddy Power. Boro’s heavy loss against leaders Bournemouth on the weekend has seen them slip to four defeats in their last eight, so they aren’t exactly nailing down consistency. Watford also suffered a defeat on the weekend, losing at Ipswich, but that snapped a solid streak of five wins and a draw. The Hornets have to face Watford and Derby in the space of three days at the start of April.

Surprisingly for some, it is Derby who have taken the most support from punters to win the Championship. More than a third of the money coming in on the Championship title race has gone towards the Rams. They are slumping a little bit having gone six matches without a win, falling rapidly from their spot at the top of the table at the end of February. In their remaining seven games, they do go against each of the bottom three which should see them grab vital points.

Norwich perhaps are making their case as the strongest shots with some brilliant form. The Canaries have taken 25 per cent of Championship winner betting and have suffered just the one loss in their last 12 league matches. They have a favourable run in as well, only two games left against top half sides and both of those are at Carrow Road. The Canaries can be backed at 4/1 to grab the title.

The outsiders in the Championship title race are Ipswich Town who are out at 50/1. They are only six points off the top in sixth place but have a far weaker goal different than anyone above them. That is as good as needing an extra point in the bag to overcome it, but a win over second placed Watford on the weekend, could yet have say in the closing race.

Championship Winner Betting Odds at Paddy Power

Bournemouth 6/4, Middlesbrough 7/2, Norwich 4/1, Watford 4/1, Derby 16/1, Ipswich 50/1, Brentford 66/1

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25th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Championship Betting

Football Betting

Derby v Chelsea Capital One Cup Betting Preview

Jose Mourinho’s men will be expected to close in on some silverware by making their way through to the semi finals of the Capital One Cup at the expense of promotion-chasing Championship side Derby. The Rams could well be taking on the likes of Chelsea in the English top flight next season but are they ready and poised to claim such a big scalp? Will home soil offer them any solace against the outfight favourite to get their hands on the Cup.

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Derby v Chelsea Betting Tips

Derby are looking ahead to a potential place in the Premier League next season, and no better way to test yourself than by going up against the best in the country? The Rams suffered a defeat on the weekend in the Championship, losing away at Middlesbrough, and perhaps they had one eye on this one. In order to set up their big tie against Chelsea, Derby beat Carlisle, Charlton, Reading and Fulham along the way, and in three of those four matches they managed to bank a clean sheet. Clearly in taking on Premier League leaders Chelsea, this is going to be a massive step up in level of opposition.

The Rams don’t have a great run of form going against Chelsea as they have lost seven and won none of their last eight matches against the Blues in all competition. They met as recently as the third round of the FA Cup last season, and Chelsea banked an away win thanks to goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar. That was the third time in their last four home matches against Chelsea in which the Rams failed to score. They have lost their last two home games against the Blues by a 2-0 scoreline. A Chelsea 2-0 Correct Score is trading at a price of 6/1 with online bookmaker Paddy Power. Derby’s hot shot up front is Chris Martin who is 3/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market for this one.

After their first defeat of the season against Newcastle, Chelsea quickly got back to winning ways as they took a somewhat uninspiring home win over Hull in the Premier League on the weekend. A win is a win though, and Chelsea have won 14 and lost none of their last 16 League Cup games against lower ranked sides; a run that goes back to 1999. So they will clearly make an appealing banker during the weekend in the Capital One Cup quarter finals. Didier Drogba and Loic Remy are decent even money quotes on the anytime goalscorer market, because they will probably get some action in the game, while Diego Costa is an 8/11 price.

Chelsea have fired off twelve goals in their last four matches against the Rams in all competitions, and you would imagine that they will have the class in depth to find a way through this tie. While Derby do have good home form this season, having won eight and lost just one of their twelve games played there, trying to crack Chelsea is a whole different matter. There could be a case made for backing both teams to score, because Chelsea conceded against Bolton and Shrewsbury on their way to the quarter finals.

Derby v Chelsea Betting Odds

Chelsea 1/2, Draw 3/1, Derby 6/1

Derby v Chelsea Predictions

The Blues should find a way to win this one, because they are pretty reliable and efficient at tasks like this, and it is why they are such a good cup team. They have faced tougher road trips than this, and it still worth backing them to pick up the win, but with both teams getting on the scoresheet.

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15th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Steve McClaren (Derby)

Derby v Rotherham Betting Preview

It was heartbreak for the Rams last season as they lost in the play off final against QPR, missing their chance to taste Premier League football. So how will they respond this season? It is a tough introduction to the Championship for the newly promoted Rotherham as they head to Pride Park.

Derby v Rotherham Betting Tips

The Rams are running as favourites for this one and they haven’t lost any of their last five league matches against Rotherham, winning four and drawing the other one. So good reason to back Derby here. The last time they met was back in 2009, a match which Derby actually lost in the League Cup. There was so much to enjoy about Derby last season, including the amount of times they rescued points from losing position (22 points in total), producing a good show of never-say-die attitude and quality.

Derby are unbeaten in their last five matches played on the opening day of the season, three of them being won. They have big input up front from Chris Martin who is even money favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, but look for the influence of Craig Bryson, who was immense in the midfield for the Rams last season, weighing in with a remarkable sixteen goals. Bryson is a 2/1 shot in the anytime goalscorer market.

Rotherham haven’t won any of their last nine visits to Derby in all competitions, so really have their backs against the wall in this one it would seem. That having been said, they were great on the road last season in League One, only Wolves picking up more points away from home than they managed in the third tier. This is the first time since back in the 2004/05 season that Rotherham have contested the second tier of English football. Tough opener for them.

They will be hoping for far better fortunes though in the Championship, as on that last occasion, they won just five games all season long and picked up just 29 points in total, finishing bottom. Kieran Agard was top dog for them last season, netting 21 league goals and he is up as an 11/4 shot to find the net on the weekend.

Derby v Rotherham Betting Odds

Derby 4/7, Draw 16/5, Rotherham 5/1

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Derby v Rotherham Predictions

The Rams look as if they have the goals in them and the quality to see off the challenge of Rotherham pretty easily. Would comfortably push for the game to go over 2.5 goals and a Derby to win to nil shot is 7/4 at Stan James, which is realistic given how big of a step up it is going to be for Rotherham.

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8th August 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Championship Betting

Harry Redknapp (QPR)

Derby v QPR Betting Preview
Will it be the Rams or the R’s joining Burnley and Leicester in the top flight of English football next season? This is the richest match in English football and one side stands just 90 minutes from glory. Can Harry Redknapp make an immediate return to the top flight, or will Steve McLaren’s impressive Rams deliver on favouritism?

Derby v QPR Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Derby 7/5, Draw 9/4, QPR 2/1

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Derby v QPR Betting Tips:
The stats in the Play Offs lean towards the Rams here, as they finished third in the regular season. Since the Championship Play Offs came into being, the team finishing third in the league standings have been promoted to the top flight the most times. As for the team who has finished fourth, in this case QPR, that is the finishing spot which has produced the fewest teams gaining promotion. Steve McLaren’s Derby saw off Brighton in their play off semi final, and it was with some ominous ease as well. After taking a 2-1 win on the south coast, they romped to a 4-1 win back at Pride Park. Striker Chris Martin netted in both of those game and he is trading at 11/10 in the anytime goalscorer market. He is certainly carrying the form as he has scored six in his last seven, and Derby overall have fired in two or more goals in seven of their last eight matches.

However, the Rams haven’t gone that well against QPR lately. They took a 1-0 win in the Championship in February at Pride Park over the R’s and that snapped a six match winless streak against the Londoners (D3 L3). They have delivered well in the Championship play offs, winning four of their last five, including including their most recent final back in 2007 over West Brom. The Rams have power up top, as Steve McLaren’s men finished the Championship season as top scorers, so you would expect them to do most of the pressing. They have form on their side, going unbeaten in their last eight matches and winning seven of those. Since former England boss McLaren took over at the club, only Leicester have won more league games than the Rams have across the top four English tiers. They have also won six games this season from behind, so they don’t lie down.

Charlie Austin will be the key man for QPR, as they need his goals. He has scored five in his last five games and is trading well at 8/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. Harry Redknapp has vast experience in his side, of the 15 players used in their semi final against Wigan, his players had notched up 2088 Premier League games between them. Only two of them, Charlie Austin and Yun-Suk-Young have never played in the top flight. So it could be precious experience that will help them out at Wembley, but they start as underdogs because of current form. Their defence fell away badly over the final stages of the season, and they managed just a W3 D3 L3 record over their last nine games. It took an extra time winner for Rangers to get past Wigan in the play-off semi’s, and despite promises of attacking football, QPR will look for stability first at the back. But they aren’t carrying the overall threat and confidence that Derby are.

The Rams clearly carry the bigger attacking threat in this one and are just running hot at the moment, carrying more conviction in their play and confidence. No reason not to back them at good value of 7/5.

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Form (all competitions)

Stat Attack
QPR’s Charlie Austin have five goal sin his last five games
Derby’s Chris Martin has scored six goals in his last seven
Derby have won just one of their last seven against the R’s
The Rams have won four of their last five play off games
QPR have won just three of their last nine matches

24th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Championship Betting

Championship Betting

Brighton v Derby Betting Preview
The Championship play off semi finals start on Thursday night down on the south coast, as third placed Derby head to Brighton, who couldn’t have made a later, more dramatic entry into the play offs if they had scripted the action on the weekend. Who will draw first blood?

Brighton v Derby Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Brighton 6/4, Derby 2/1, Draw 23/10

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Brighton v Derby Betting Tips:
What late drama it was at the City Ground. With both Reading and Brighton drawing their final games of the season, it was the Royals who were holding onto sixth spot. But then up popped Leonardo Ulloa with just about the final actions of the game at the City Ground, as he glanced in a header in the second minute of stoppage time to give Brighton a 2-1 win. As Reading failed to beat Burnley, Ulloa’s goal projected the Seagulls into six place, topping the Royals out by a point. Now they move on to face the Rams, and Brighton will go as underdogs after losing to Derby twice this season already. Their game at the Amex Stadium this season resulted in a 2-1 defeat for Brighton, with Ulloa opening the scoring in that goal. The Argentine is trading at 7/5 in the anytime goalscorer market for Thursday’s game against Derby. He is also 4/1 in the First Goalscorer market. Brighton then lost 1-0 back at Pride Park.

The Seagulls have actually only taken one win in their last four against Derby, and have only won two of their last six at home against the Rams. But this almost like cup football and finishing positions in the Championship don’t always count for much when it comes to the play offs. Brighton posted a W10 D7 L6 record at the Amex Stadium, and they did finish the season on a three match unbeaten streak on home turf (W2 D1). A big factor of Brighton’s season has been their defence, and their last six home wins in the Championship season all came with a clean sheet. A Brighton to win to nil wager is trading at a price of 3/1, but with Brighton at 6/4 outright, it’s probably not worth stretching the margins there. Brighton had the second best defensive record in the Championship this season.

The Rams are favourites to move on up to the Premier League with Burnley and Leicester next season. They finished the season with a good bang, going on a six match unbeaten streak, five of those having been won. Steve McLaren’s men produced the most prolific attack of all Championship sides this season, and star man Chris Martin weighed in with 19 for the term. Martin, who scored four in Derby’s last six games of the season is trading at 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market against Brighton. But they will be cautious because of seeing their home form go down the pan a bit towards the end of the season. They only managed to win two of their last seven away games in the Championship. It suggests that they will probably err on the side of caution and look to put the tie to bed back at Pride Park. Derby have averaged 1.5 goals per game on the road this season, and this one will probably go under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/6.

Don’t see this one being settled by any big margin anywhere. The Championship’s best attacking going up against the second best defence? Derby remember did beat Brighton twice already this season, and therefore a Derby-Draw Double Chance bet at 1/2 looks fantastic value.

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Form (all competitions)
Brighton WWDDWW, Derby WWWWWD

Stat Attack
Brighton have only won two of their last six home games against Derby
Derby have lost just one of the last four meetings with the Seagulls
Brighton had the championship’s second best defensive record this term
Derby were the Championship’s top goal scorers this season
Matches at the Amex Stadium have only averaged 2.2 goals this season

6th May 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Championship Betting

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