Derby County vs Brighton
England – Championship.
Date: Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK.
Venue: iPro Stadium (Derby).
Derby County and Brighton lock horns for the first games of the season, after a heart-breaking opportunity for top flight football went pass them last season.
Derby finished 5th at the end of 2015/16 Championship regular season. Then they lost to Hull City 3-2 on aggregate and denied a ticket to the finals showdown in Wembley. The Rams have a new manager in Nigel Pearson for this season. They had a brilliant pre-season after winning four matches in row and keeping three clean sheets.
Brighton also experience same huddle as Derby County, in their fight for top flight promotion. They finished 3rd on log for the 2015/2016 season. Brighton going into the season with five new signings and released eleven players so far. The Albion had a struggling and horrible pre-season campaign, managing two victories in their six pre-season clashes
Derby County Vs Brighton: Key Facts
- Derby County are currently on 2-match win-less run at home in the Championship. The Rams managed 2 wins and a draw from the previous three home games.
- Brighton failed to win their last four games in the league, drawing 3 and losing 1.
Derby County: Predicted Line-Up (4-3-3)
Carson – Christe, Keogh, Shackell, Camara – Lowe, Bryson, Hendrick – Russell, Ince, Weimann.
Brighton: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Stockdale – Saltor, Rosenior, Dunk, Bong – Knockaert, Ince, Kayal, Skalak – Murray, Jamie
Derby County vs Brighton: Head to Head
The two Champions fixtures of the last season between these two sides ended in scored draws.
However, Derby County had been the better side in the last 10 meeting between this two sides, by gathering five wins compared to Brighton’s two.
Derby had lost only once in the 10 games against Brighton.
Derby County vs Brighton: Prediction
Going towards the end of last season, Derby suffered two consecutive home defeats from the hands of Hull city and Ipswich town. Simultaneously, Brighton gathered a wholesome ten 10 points from their last 5 away games at during the same period.
Moreover, both sides experienced an opposing fortune in this summer’s pre-season campaign. Derby had a great pre-season encounter, by winning their last four games. While Brighton were awful and inconsistent losing 4 of their last 5.
Therefore, I will predict a straight win for the Counties, believing they have better confidence going into this clash. Also their home record against Brighton is pretty solid.
Derby County vs Brighton: Tips
Derby to win
Both teams to score