Derby County vs Birmingham City
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 3rd November 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Pride Park (Derby)
Derby County and Birmingham City are currently on the 2 sides of the playoffs. The Rams are the last team in top 6 while The Blues are just 2 points behind them.
Frank Lampard’s side is still fighting for its place in the playoffs. The Rams are in decent form although they made some draws. The team showed spirit against the top sides but when they need to get points from the lower teams things get a bit complicated. The Rams need some more consistency to keep their place in top 6 safe.
Derby played midweek in an exhausting cup fixture. Frank Lampard visited the place where he made most of his career – Stamford Bridge. Derby may have lost 3-2 but actually did quite a good impression against a superior side. In the league The Rams also had a decent result on Saturday as they claimed a point away at Middlesbrough following a late equalizer for the home side.
Birmingham City are currently one of the teams in the best of form. The team started the season slowly with lots of defeats followed by a large number of draws and here they are with 4 victories in a row. From a team in the relegation zone to a team close to the playoffs. The Blues are showing nice play especially at the back. Only 3 teams have conceded less goals than them in the league.
Last round Birmingham made it four in a row at Sheffield Wednesday’s expense. The visitors went ahead in the 19th minute following Steven Fletchers effort. Mahoney equalized near the end of the half while Jutkiewicz and Adams took care of the rest for a nice 3-1 victory.
Derby vs Birmingham: Head-to-head
- Derby is unbeaten in 5 league games – 2 victories and 3 draws
- Derby is unbeaten in 6 games at home – 4 victories and 2 draws
- Derby has seen both teams scoring in 8 of its last 9 games
- Birmingham is unbeaten in 11 games – 5 victories and 6 draws
- Birmingham has 4 straight victories
- Birmingham has seen both teams scoring in 6 of their last 7 games
- Derby is unbeaten in 4 games against Birmingham
Derby vs Birmingham: Predictions
Derby are perhaps the better side on paper. The Rams will definitely look for the victory but they may have some tired legs following the defeat to Chelsea. Birmingham is rising and it’s doing it fast. The Blues are in form and may actually get something out of this game. Since the sides are rarely seeing any zeros in the full time scores we may expect that again.
Derby vs Birmingham: Bet Tips
Birmingham + 0.5 AH at 1.90
BTTS: Yes at 1.85.