Preston North End vs Derby County
England – Championship
Date: Monday, 2 April 2018
Kick-Off at 12:45 UK/ 13:45 CET
Venue: Deepdale Stadium (Preston).
Both Preston North End and Derby County will come into the first game of the day in awful spirits, off the back of demolishing defeats with the same 1-4 scoreline in the previous round. Both sides have thus put their promotional ambitions in jeopardize and obviously neither of them can afford a failure here.
The hosts are in a somewhat tougher position being two points behind and outside of the top six in the league ladder. A win here could, however, help them break into the top six and forget the shocking loss to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. Alex Neil’s men have generally been struggling for consistency throughout the entire season and their games are very hard to predict. What has been constant is poor defensive form in home outings given that Preston North End have shipped at least a goal in each of last eight league games at Deepdale Stadium.
The Rams were expected to end the poor streak of seven straight league games without a win on Friday evening when they hosted the rock-bottomed Sunderland, but the crisis got a whole new dimension as the Black Cats bagged as many as four goals literally out of nowhere at iPro Stadium.
Preston vs Derby: Head-to-head
Preston lead the head to head tie by a single victory ahead of their 58th clash with the Rams.
The Lilywhites have been much more successful in clashes at Deepdale Stadium where they have snatched 16 wins in 28 games.
None of last four H2H encounters between these rivals has produced three or more goals.
Preston vs Derby: Prediction
Teams have conceded four goals each just three days ago and we can’t see any of them keeping their net untouched here at Deepdale.
Preston’s Sean Maguire has been enjoying a superb run of form lately ( five goals in last four games) and he is well worth backing to score anytime past the struggling defense of Derby’s at the odds of 3.00.
Preston vs Derby: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.90
Sean Maguire to score anytime @ 3.00