Competition: EFL Trophy
Market: Derby County win
Odds: 7/10 @ 1xBet
Looking to extend on their recent purple patch when they turn their attention back to EFL Trophy duties, Derby will welcome Bradford to Pride Park on Tuesday night.
Starting with the hosts, managing to make an immediate return to winning ways over the weekend, it is no secret that Derby have their sights set on securing a Championship return in 2024. Last seen storming their way to a routine 3-1 romp against Fleetwood, Paul Warne’s men have won four of their previous five appearances. Likewise, it should also be noted, the Rams have suffered just a single loss from any of their last 10 showdowns across all competitions – a run that stems back to November 14th. Signing off 2023 with an action-packed 3-2 victory against Oxford, Derby will certainly be smelling the chance to make another statement here. Looking to extend on their EFL Trophy adventure when they return to Pride Park on Tuesday night, Warne’s side will also be excited by a rampant record against the midweek guests. In fact, the Rams have won all of their last three meetings against Bradford by an aggregate score of 7-3.
As for the visitors, while Bradford might have enjoyed a stellar purple patch throughout December, Graham Alexander’s side have come crashing back down to earth in a worrying fashion. Last seen on New Year’s Day putting in a nightmare display as they slumped to a 4-2 drumming at home against Crawley, the Bantams have failed to win any of their previous four appearances across all competitions. Likewise, signing off 2023 with a 1-0 loss at the hands of Crewe, the former Salford boss will certainly be bracing himself for a stern examination here. Enduring their longest winless run so far this season, Bradford will also be worried by that nightmare record against the League One promotion contenders. Losing all of their last three showdowns by that 7-3 aggregate score, it is no surprise that Alexander’s struggling squad are tipped as an underdog contender in midweek. Given what has been a huge recent gulf in class, we are backing a home victory on Tuesday night.
Bet: Derby County 7/10 to beat Bradford City in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy matchup @ 1xBet
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