Frank Lampard has had an eventful first season as a manager. Derby have had cup success, but their main aim is to get back into the Premier League. They start the weekend in sixth place (the final promotion play-off spot) and a win at Preston North End will take them up to fifth.

Latest odds

It’s going to be a busy time for Derby County as the 2018/19 season reaches its climax. They are through to the FA Cup fifth round where they travel to either Brighton and Hove Albion or West Bromwich Albion. It’s the Championship that is most important for Frank Lampard’s men and it’s 7/2 (4.5) that they win promotion this season.

They are currently in sixth position, eight points behind the two automatic promotion places but more crucially, two ahead of seventh placed Bristol City. They are in decent form at present with two wins in the FA Cup and a home league victory over Reading. You can get 11/5 (3.2) at Unibet on a victory in this game.

Away form for Derby County is inconsistent though with three wins and three defeats in their last six Championship games. Two of those losses were at Leeds United and Sheffield United who are both ahead of them in the table. They did get a thrilling 4-3 win at second-placed Norwich City on December 29.

Preston North End are 16th in the table, ten points away from the play-off places but a comfortable 12 above the drop zone. Most of their season has been spent around the 16th place mark, though there were some worrying weeks in the bottom three early on.

They had a poor run of five league games without a win at the end of 2018/early 2019. Form has picked up though with two away wins at QPR and Stoke City. Home form has only produced one win in the last five league games and they can be backed at 13/10 (2.3) to win this match.

Head to Head

Derby County have a great record against Preston North End. The last ten meetings have produced eight wins and two draws (it’s 12/5 (3.4) that this match ends all-square). Not since 2008 have Preston beaten Derby.

Team News

Preston captain Tom Clarke will make his return in this match, but they will be without striker Louis Moult. Derby have Jayden Boyle suspended and injury doubts over Tom Lawrence, Craig Bryson, Scott Carson, Andre Wisdom and Jack Marriott.

Both Teams to Score?

The last eight Preston North End home league games have seen both teams score and only two clean sheets have been kept at Deepdale. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine Derby away league games. The odds on both teams finding the back of the net in this game are 8/11 at Betfred.

Over 2.5 Goals Likely

Six of the last nine Derby County away games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. Nine of the last 13 Preston home league games have ended that way. The odds of over 2.5 goals being scored in this game are 9/10 at Unibet.

Predictions

Derby County have a reputation of letting things slip in the latter stages of the season. Frank Lampard has done well so far, and he must keep his side going if they want to get back into the Premier League. Away form has been inconsistent with six wins and six defeats, but this looks a good opportunity for them to get a seventh away win of the season. A bet on Derby to win with both teams to score is 5/1 (6.0) at BetBright.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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