Derby County vs Middlesbrough
Date: Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Pride Park Stadium (Derby).
Derby County host Boro in one of the most exciting games of the Matchday No 26 on the New Year day. Both teams will come into the match high on confidence following their respective weekend wins. The Rams rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United on Boxing Day and they’ve done it in some style. Frank Lampard’s men showed an amazing fighting spirit to come back from two behind and a 3-2 deficit five minutes from time. Florian Jozefzoon and Jack Marriott bagged two late goals to seal a huge 3-4 victory for Derby who are still lock on points with Boro inside the top six in the Championship ladder.
A victory over the second-placed Norwich City away at Carrow Road will certainly instill some confidence into Lampard’s squad. They were winless in three straight league ties beforehand and are looking to get the promotional quest up and running again at the start of 2019.
Derby County vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
Teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw at Riverside when they met each other this season.
Middlesbrough have generally been much more successful historically as they lead the head to head tie by 16 wins ahead of 102nd meeting with the Rams.
Both teams scored in last two head to head outings.
Derby County vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
Boro’s form has seen plenty of ups and downs of late. They won just two of past eight games in all competitions. They did not shine on Saturday either, but still managed to go past rock-bottomed Ipswich Town thanks to a pair of superb saves form Irish keeper Darren Randolph. Jordan Hugill pushed them in front converting the penalty eight minutes before the break, while Marcus Tavernier sealed the win with team’s second goal 18 minutes from time.
Derby are clearly form favourites following the 3-4 win at Carrow Road and we find the value in backing them to win the match at the 2.37 odds here.
Derby County vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Derby County to win @ 2.37 (11/8)
HT/FT Derby/Derby @ 3.75 (11/4).