Derby vs Cardiff
England – Championship
Date: 24th April 2018, Tuesday
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Pride Park (Derby).
A must win game when Derby County and Cardiff City lock horns in the matchday 44 of the 2017-18 season.
Cardiff are second in the table and have a point cushion and one game in hand as compared to the third placed Fulham. A draw is still a good result for them on Tuesday, but I am pretty clear that head-coach Neil Warnock want to see his team bag full-points from this game.
Now, Derby are seventh on the log and sit a point behind the promotion play-off spots. I am afraid that a defeat here will end their play-off chances even with 2 games in hand.
Form wise, Cardiff are back to their best after pulling off back-to-back wins against Nottingham Forest and Norwich City. The second place was under threat when they lost to Aston Villa and Wolves in previous weeks. But, things are looking good for them at the moment.
Derby are the team that slide down the promotion chart since the start of calendar year 2018. They haven’t improved since and they are right now on a three match losing streak. The home form looks bad either with 3 of their last 4 ending in defeats.
Derby vs Cardiff: Head-to-head
The teams settled for a goal-less draw when they met earlier this season. The teams won 2 each from the previous 4.
Cardiff City haven’t scored against Derby in 4 of their last 6 head-to-head meetings.
Cardiff can boast of a good away record at Derby having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1 of the last six matches here.
Derby vs Cardiff: Predictions
For me, Cardiff are still playing like a Champion team despite surrendering the title to Wolves a week ago. Meanwhile, Derby struggled for results both in home and away matches.
With momentum on their side, Cardiff look good to be backed for an outright win here. One of the reasons for this pick is Derby’s inability to cope with pressure and demand whenever it mattered.
Derby vs Cardiff: Bet Tips
Cardiff City to win @ 2.86 with 1xBet
A goal in the first half @ 1.45 odd with 10bet.