Derby County v West Brom Betting Tip Derby County – 5 May 2019

Derby to continue quest for Premier League

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Championship Tips

EnglandDerby County v West BromEngland
Sunday 5th May 1230hrs 
Football – England – Championship
Pick Derby County
Bookmaker Marathon Bet
Odds: 101/100 (odds taken 20.30 GMT, Thursday 2nd May)

It’s bound to be a really nervous afternoon for all the teams competing for sixth and a place in the playoffs, including Derby who currently occupy it. West Brom are already assured of their place in the playoffs but will be dangerous opponents.

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Derby County Preview

Frank Lampard’s Derby edged ahead of Middlesbrough in the race for the fourth and final playoff place by getting a draw away to Swansea on Wednesday night, which was essentially their game in hand. It may just be by a point but with just one game left, it was always going to come down to fine margins. Bristol City can also finish sixth, but the Rams are a couple of points better off than that opponent and know that if they are to win on Sunday then it doesn’t matter what either of the two teams below them do. Lampard’s team will approach their final match in good confidence having strung together a decent run of form. It’s now just one defeat in their last 11 games which has put them in this position. Last weekend’s vital win over Bristol City has obviously put them in ascendancy and was their third win in four matches. The objective beyond that was always to take four points from their remaining two matches and the job is half done having taken a point in their last away game of the regular season. There’s no doubting they are capable of getting the three points they need to be assured of their place in the playoffs, the challenge will be handling the pressure that is going to surround the game.

 

Harry Wilson (Derby) 1st goalscorer
6/1

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West Brom Preview

West Brom saw fit to make a managerial change and remove Darren Moore back in March despite the club residing in the top four for much of the season. The feeling was that the team were not performing at their best and the board were attempting to improve their fortunes ahead of the playoffs. James Shan was promoted to interim boss and since taking charge there has been an improvement in the team’s results. Nine games have brought six wins and just the two defeats, both of which have come away from home. It’s been enough to comfortably lock in fourth spot and give themselves a second leg at home in the semi-final, which is perceived to be an advantage. That will be against Midlands rivals Aston Villa who occupy fifth spot and there’s no doubting that those two games are most certainly the priorities for the Baggies. The only real danger for them is a heavy defeat which may damage their confidence, but Shan may well look on this as an opportunity to rotate his squad and ensure that his players are as fresh as they can be ahead of that massive encounter with Villa.

 

Key-Facts – Derby County v West Brom

  • Derby know that a win will guarantee them sixth spot and see them competing for promotion through the playoffs
  • West Brom have long been assured of their place in the playoffs and may see this as a chance ro rest key players
  • Derby have won 12 and lost only three of their 22 home games in the league this season

 

Derby County v West Brom Betting Advice

At the beginning of the season you would probably expect both Derby and West Brom to be contesting for promotion and that’s the way it’s turned out. The hosts have come with a good late charge to put themselves in pole position whilst West Brom, although secured in the top six for a while now, have gotten over their lull and the disappointment of falling out of contention for automatic promotion. This could yet be a precursor for a clash at Wembley later this month, but there’s an awful lot of football to be played before then.

Although the result is only important for Derby, Lampard will be well aware of the threat that this West Brom team poses – especially as they will be able to play with a sense of freedom. Much has been made of the youthfulness of the Rams’ team this season and those young players have to cope with the pressure of now seeing this through. Their home record is great, however, and up until this point Derby have handled all the challenges posed to them very well. It could well be a fraught afternoon but it’s one I expect to end with three points for the home team.


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