Derby vs Wolves
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 12th August 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Pride Park.
Two top 6 candidates take on each other on Saturday as Derby hosts Wolves in what looks to be an interesting matchup.
Derby were always in the top half last season but their bid for top 6 finish failed. The team had a few players changes during the summer but is relatively the same. Midweek they had their game abandoned in the league cup and they will probably be fresh for the game. They had decent home record last season and we can expect them to keep that level up if not make it better.
The opening round they went up against recently relegated Sudnerland. The team showed character and could have even won the game at some point but settled in the end for the 1-1 draw. Rowett fielded his team in a 4-3-3 formation despite playing away from home against strong opponent. Martin was leading the line but the midfield trio looked strong. Huddlestone a player with plenty of experience was in the heart of that midfield along with Johnson and Butterfield. Russel stormed from the right wing and delivered a pass for Johnson who gave Derby the lead just 11 minutes into the game. New boy Lewis Grabban scored a penalty for the final 1-1 in the 42nd minute of the game. Both teams created some chances in the second half but the score remained the same.
Wolves spent a lot during the summer and it looks like they may be a promotion candidates. The defeated Yeovil Town a few days back for the League cup with the minimal 1-0. Nouha Dicko scored the only goal 15 minutes before the end. The team was probably more concerned to preserve themselves for this game than to win against Yoevil.
The feature so far of the season start was the opening game against Boro. Wolves went 3-4-3 at home with new boy Leo Bonatini leading the line his efforts supported by Jota, another newcomer and Nigerian striker Enobakhare. Wolves were the active team in the game. They pressed hard winning most first and second balls. Their efforts were rewarded in the 33rd minute as Bonatini managed to bang on his debut. Wolves were pressing high up the pitched again when the striker intercepted a pass, ran to face the goal and placed his shot into the lower right corner.
Derby vs Wolves: Head to head
The last 10 games are looking equal as there are 4 wins for each team and 2 draws.
From the recent 6 games though Derby have 4 victories and 2 defeats.
Last year Derby won twice with 3-1 and 3-2.
Last 4 games produced each over 2.5 goals.
Derby vs Wolves: Prediction
Both teams are looking improved compared to last season. Still Derby have the home advantage and are looking like the team who has blended his players better currently. Wolves have plenty of changes and they tend to make some mistakes due to lack of communication. The hosts are more likely to get the points here.
Over 2.5 goals should always be considered when these two teams are involved. Both sides produced high scoring games last year and their head to head clashes also point towards that direction.
Derby vs Wolves: Bet Tips
Derby 0.0AH for 1.69 with Unibet.
Over 2.5 goals for 2.60 with Unibet.