Fulham vs Derby County: Preview and Predictions

Derby vs Fulham EFL Championship 14th May 2018 by LeagueLane

Fulham vs Derby County
English League Championship Play-offs
Date: Monday, 14th May 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Craven Cottage (London).

The return legs of the EFL Championship play-offs start off with Fulham welcoming Derby County. The Rams carry a slender lead from the 1-0 win in the first leg.

The clash at Pride Park was dominated by Fulham but the full-time result does not reflect that. Cottagers had over 70% ball possession and 4 times more goal attempts than Derby. Still, they were having trouble getting the last pass in the final third. The team have numerous attempts but actually got only 2 shots on target. Derby were sharp on the counter and they managed to put away their only shot on target getting a minimal 1-0 victory.

Cottagers are an ambitious side which played in the play-offs last year. Traditionally strong at home the side will be hoping to nullify that 1 goal deficit from the first game. They need to be far more clinical up front this time. Jokanovic will most likely get his boys pressing high up the pitch going strong on every tackle.

Derby got a bit lucky lead in the first round. Now they have an even bigger task ahead of them–to protect it in London. Gary Rowett’s boys will have to endure a lot of pressure. They have to keep their heads calm in front of full Craven Cottage and survive Fulham’s relentless attacks.

Fulham vs Derby County: Head-to-head

  • Fulham’s last home defeat was in October last year
  • Fulham had gone 23 games without defeat before the loss to Birmingham followed by last game defeat from Derby
  • Derby are unbeaten in 4 games
  • Derby has just 1 victory in its last 9 away games
  • The sides met 3 times this season; 1-1 at Craven Cottage, 1-2 win for Fulham at Pride Park and the first leg
  • Last 3 games between the sides at Craven Cottage finished as a draw.

Fulham vs Derby County: Predictions

Fulham will have to show some courage as the team fell short in the play-offs last year and had evident issues in the first leg. The team needs to be clinical up front and finish its chances. They are strong at home and should be able to secure a victory going to the final.

Fulham vs Derby County: Bet Tips

  • Fulham to win at 1.70
  • BTTS: NO at 1.91.