Preston vs Derby County
Date: Friday, 1 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Deepdale Stadium (Preston).
Derby County lifted spirits with back-to-back narrow wins across competitions, but they will face hard times to keep the thread going on Friday evening when they visit Deepdale Stadium for the Preston North End tie.
Frank Lampard’s men still sit inside the top-six in the league ladder, but their form has seen plenty of ups and downs in the recent period.
The Rams were on a streak of one win in six matches before they advanced into the fourth round of the FA Cup past Premier League side Southampton on penalties (2-2 in both home and away fixtures).
They then took advantage of the easier schedule to pick up a pair of narrow wins over Reading (2-1 in Championship) and lower-division Accrington Stanley (0-1 in the FA Cup) in last two fixtures.
Lampard can’t be entirely thrilled with what he saw in these two games in spite of wins and he knows his lads must do better to see off an in-form Preston side here.
Preston vs Derby County: Head-to-head
Preston were not a tricky opposition for the Rams in recent years, though.
Derby County won each of last three H2H games with the Lilywhites.
Preston are winless in last 11 meetings with Derby County (eight losses and three draws).
The Lilywhites only scored two goals in last seven games with the Rams.
Preston vs Derby County: Prediction
The head to head record and the look at the standings will just force you to go with Derby County or Draw double chance at quite attractive 1.70 odds here.
The only slight issue might be Preston’s fine recent form as they bagged six goals in back-to-back league wins over QPR and Stoke City (both on the road).
Also, the Lilywhites only lost three of 14 home matches in this term of Championship. Given Derby did not shine at all in recent fixtures.
Therefore, we rather go with the draw at 3.40 as the main betting pick here. Braver tipsters can shoot for the 1-1 correct score at the odds of 6.50.
Preston vs Derby County: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.40 (12/5)
Correct Score 1-1 @ 6.50 (11/2).