Market: Derby win
Odds: 2/1 @ Bet 365
With a play-off spot at the top of their agenda, a high-flying Derby will make the trip to a downbeat Deepdale on Wednesday evening.
Starting with the hosts, putting in another toroid display in what was a 3-1 hammering at home against Cardiff over the weekend, Preston have continued to show a string off issues either side of the enforced break. Despite shocking many across the Championship after what was a stellar opening half of the campaign, Alex Neil’s men have lost four of their last five outings and have collected just a single point out of a possible 15. Freefalling out of the play-off spots and enduring what has been by far their most worrying spell of the season so far, the Whites have also shown some recent issues at Deepdale. Including that hammering against Cardiff on Saturday, the former Norwich boss has seen his side lose three of their last four matchups on home soil, a run that also saw them hit with another 3-1 defeat at the hands of QPR.
As for the visitors, while Preston might be in the midst of a real crisis, Derby find the mood in their camp at a season-high. Firing themselves back into the play-off picture and really finding their feet under former PSV boss Phillip Cocu, the Rams have won their last four Championship matchups on the bounce and have a growing reputation for their performances in the final third. Marking their return from the enforced break with what was a dramatic 3-2 win against play-off outsiders Millwall, Derby have landed back-to-back wins away from Pride Park and they should also be boosted by their most recent meeting against the midweek hosts. Picking up a deserved 1-0 win when they faced off against Preston back in November, there is no doubt that Derby will be looking extend on their recent purple patch this week.
Bet: Debry 2/1 to beat Preston in Wednesday’s Championship matchup @ Bet 365
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