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Derby v Liverpool League Cup Predictions & Betting Odds – 20th September 2016


Derby v Liverpool Betting Preview – League Cup 20th September

Liverpool will fancy their chances of making further progress in this season’s League Cup as they head to Derby on Tuesday night for this third round tie. The Reds have own their last four visits to Derby and they will be full of confidence after beating Chelsea in the Premier League on Friday night. So a good rest over the weekend for them and they take on a Championship side who is badly out of form at the moment. Can the Rams shake off their miserable run of form and pull off a cup upset?

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Derby v Liverpool Betting Tips

Well it has been a really tough season for the Rams so far. A lack of results coupled with a lack of goals. On the weekend they ended a 407 minute goal drought in the Championship, but still didn’t land a win. They are struggling near the relegation zone in the division at the moment with just the one win in their eight games played there so far with just the one win on the board in the second tier. Their only other bright moments this season were in beating Grimsby in the first round of the League Cup and then edging out Carlise in a penalty shoot out to set up this clash against Liverpool. So they really don’t have the goals in them in him to stand toe to toe with Liverpool it would seem. Overall this season, the Rams have posted a W2 D4 L2 record and yes, they are underdogs for this tie.

Their form against Liverpool is pretty horrendous too. They have lost each of their last eight games against the Reds. The last time they met up was in the 2007/08 Premier League with Liverpool winning 8-1 on aggregate across the two games. Derby have lost their last four home games against Liverpool and the Rams failed to score in three of those four games as well, so this is a mountain in front of them on Tuesday night in the League Cup, unless they face a very much changed and weakened Liverpool side. Both teams not to score in the match will fetch you a quote of 19/20, not bad considering how badly the Rams have been struggling for goal this season. Derby have scored just one in their last four and just two in their last six.

So poor stuff from the Rams. Liverpool have been the heaviest scorers of all Premier League sides in 2016 calendar year. Not sure how the Rams are going to cope with that. The Reds were impressive in their win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea last Friday in the Premier League and they look very confident. They will probably take the opportunity to rest up some players for this one, but they have great attacking options to call on to get them through this tie still. Daniel Sturridge is 7/2 First Goalscorer favourite, with Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino all around the 4/1 price. So plenty of options coming in from them.

Wait until the teams are announced before getting in on the action though of course. You can go over 2.5 goals for a price of 8/15 on the game. Liverpool went to the final of the League Cup last season and Klopp takes this pretty seriously. They landed a 5-0 away win at Championship side Burton in the last round and with no European interest this season,t the Reds are likely to go hard for this cup again. You can back Liverpool to go out and win this one to nil for a price of 13/10 as well which will probably have some big appeal. Liverpool have scored twelve goals in their last four games played now and you have a price of 3/1 on them to win by a 2 goal margin.

Derby v Liverpool Betting Odds

Liverpool 4/11, Draw 9/2, Derby 8/1

Derby v Liverpool Predictions

No real sign of an upset happening in this one. Liverpool are just flowing freely at the moment and in a confident mood and even the changes to the starting eleven shouldn’t interrupt their flow too much. Derby just haven’t been at the races well enough to suggest that they can cause a shock in this one. So look for an away win and Liverpool to do this by a margin of a couple of goals.

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Who will win the Championship 2016/17? Betting preview and odds

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As usual, the Championship gets an earlier start than the Premier League, so the league will come into focus pretty soon. The first game of the new campaign is on Friday, August 5th when Fulham take on Newcastle. Taking the drop from the Premier League last season along with Newcastle was Aston Villa and Norwich, so will any of those three be able to make an immediate return to the top flight? There will be hesitations there perhaps around Aston Villa, although they are trading at a quote of 9/1 to win the Championship, but it is Newcastle who are going as 2/1 outright favourites to top the second tier next season.

As many players as Newcastle can hold on to, the better they will be from their drop last season. Of course changes need to happen, particularly at the back, but with the expertise there of Rafa Benitez who has stuck with the club, there is optimism abound that they will be playing in the top flight again next season. It’s hard to argue that and they are worth a punt at 21/20 with online betting site Boylesports for a Top 2 Finish. What of Aston Villa and Norwich though? This is a big drop for both, but Norwich should be fairly well equipped to make it back up.

The Canaries put together a good campaign in the 2014/15 season to earn promotion, coming through the play offs, so they know what this is all about. After season after season of struggling at the foot of the top flight, how will stand up to be one of the perceived better teams taking on the challenge at the top of the second tier. There was frankly, so many issues with Aston Villa last season that their path back to the top may be a lot more difficult than that of Newcastle and Norwich.

But of course there are other good options around on those who missed out on a place in the top flight last season. Brighton would have to be at the top of the main contenders there. They were in brilliant form for most of the season, but narrowly missed out on goal difference on earning the second automatic spot and then lost out surprisingly in the play offs. If they can take what they did last season and build on it, namely a very good attack, they should be in the mix for at least another shot at promotion through the play offs.

Derby are likely going to be there or thereabouts in the title race. They looked for the most part that they were really going to challenge for an automatic promotion spot, but their challenge fell away really over January and most of February. They couldn’t stick the pace and then slipped out of the play offs when more was expected of them. The Championship can be a quickly fluctuating league and there are pieces in place at the likes of Ipswich, Brentford and even QPR that could click well enough, if added to from last season to make an assault on promotion.

Remember though that you can back a team to win promotion, which isn’t the same as backing them to win the league outright. You have good variety in markets here with Promotion, To Win The Play Offs and Top Two Finish.

Championship Winner Odds

Newcastle 7/4, Aston Villa 8/1, Norwich 9/1, Derby 12/1, Brighton 14/1, Wolves 14/1, Sheffield Wednesday 16/1, 33/1 bar

Championship Top 2 Finish Odds

Newcastle 21/20, Aston Villa 4/1, Norwich 10/3, Derby 11/2, Brighton 6/1, Sheffield Wednesday 7/1, Wolves 6/1, Cardiff 12/1, QPR 12/1, Fulham 14/1, Ipswich 14/1, Wigan 18/1, Brentford 18/1, bar 22/1

Championship Promotion Odds

Newcastle 8/15, Aston Villa 2/1, Norwich 11/4, Derby 10/3, Brighton 4/1, Sheffield Wednesday 9/2, Wolves 9/2, QPR 8/1, Fulham 8/1, Ipswich 91/, Cardiff 10/1, 12/1 bar

Championship Fixtures

So the new season all starts with Newcastle’s first steps in trying to get back to the top flight. They travel to Craven Cottage on Friday, August 5th for a game which they are a quote of 6/5 to win. Then comes a big fixture list on Saturday 6th including a mouthwatering clash between Derby and Brighton. The Rams are a 7/6 quote to put the win on the board there with Brighton out at 14/5. It could be a great start and confidence booster for the Seagulls to land a win there. Having lost three of the last four seasons in the play-offs, you wonder if they can take that step further this season and winning games like this could answer that.

Then on Sunday, August 7th you have a couple more matches with QPR v Leeds and a hugely entertaining affair of Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa. Will the Villains be able to get off to a winning start in the Championship? They are 9/4 to win at Hillsborough, but Sheffield Wednesday were brilliant on home turf in last season’s campaign and they may be the best value to back at a quote of 13/9 to take the three points.

Championship Fixtures Opening weekend

Fulham v Newcastle United
Birmingham City v Cardiff City
Blackburn Rovers v Norwich City
Bristol City v Wigan Athletic
Derby County v Brighton and Hove Albion
Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Ipswich Town v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Burton Albion
Reading  v Preston North End
Rotherham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United
Sheffield Wednesday v Aston Villa

Rounding out at the other end of the season, you have Aston Villa v Brighton on the final day, which could be a cracker if they are both in the promotion hunt. Other feature games there would be Norwich v QPR and a tasty clash between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich.

Final day fixtures:

Aston Villa v Brighton
Brentford v Blackburn Rovers
Bristol City v Birmingham City
Burton Albion v Reading
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Newcastle United v Barnsley
Norwich City v Queens Park Rangers
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
Rotherham United v Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United
Wolverhampton v Preston North End

Championship 2016/17 Relegation

As usual with the start of a new reason you are looking at the newly promoted clubs in a division to be the favourites to take the drop. In the Championships this season you have Burton as the 10/11 odds on favourites to go straight back down to League One. Sat at the 2/1 mark is Rotherham and Barnsley while Blackburn may not be too far out of the woods this term sat at 4/1 along with Preston North End.

Championship History and Stats

The Champions was first born in the 2004/05 season and it kicked off with a real bang, raking in the attendances in its inaugural season. The division has always had 24 teams competing and it’s Sunderland who have been the most successful side in the short history of the Championship having won the title on two occasions. That of course meant that there was a relegation there as well.

There have only been three winners of the Championship who have taken the title with over 100 points, that was Reading in 2006, Newcastle in 2010 and Leicester in 2014. Hull have been promoted from the Championship three times before, twice through the play offs and once through an automatic promotion spot back in the 2012/13 season.

Last season in the Championship the 1-1 scoreline was the most frequent result, happening in 15% of all games played, which totals 85. The second most popular result was a 1-0 home win which happened 58 times and then happening 57 times each was a 2-1 home win and a 0-0 draw. The most popular away win scoreline was 2-1 which happened 45 times (8%).

Championship 2016/17 Predictions

The Championship can be a volatile old place and therefore the 2/1 shot on Newcastle winning the league isn’t all that appealing to kick things off with. Brighton don’t have the appeal either after their near misses in the play offs in recent times and Aston Villa will have to do a lot of work to prove that they are going to do anything. Norwich have big appeal therefore at a 10/1 each way punt to go out and win the Championships and you can dial that back a bit with a 5/2 quote on them to earn promotion. Derby are generally pretty steady performers are a worth a punt at 3/1 in the Championship Promotion market too.


Hull v Derby Predictions & Betting Odds 17th May 2016

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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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Coral offer 7/1 enhanced odds on Manchester United to beat Derby


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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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.

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Derby v Manchester United FA Cup Predictions & Betting Odds 29th January 2016

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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Derby land Sky Bet Transfer Fund windfall


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.


Championship Winner 2015 betting – where the money is going

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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Derby v Chelsea Capital One Cup Predictions & Betting Odds 16th December 2014

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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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Derby v Rotherham Predictions & Betting Odds 9th August 2014

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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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