Derby County vs Sheffield United Predictions

Derby County vs Sheffield United predictions for this friendly pre-season game that will be played on Saturday afternoon at Pride Park. Will the Rams get another positive result? Read on for all our free betting tips and predictions.

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Derby County vs Sheffield United Predictions

Rising from the Ashes: A Battle of Resilience Between Derby County and Sheffield United

Key Stats
– Derby County have recorded an impressive 15-match unbeaten streak between October and February last season.
– Sheffield United managed a total of 91 points last season, securing an 11 point buffer inside the automatic promotion places.
– Nathaniel Mendez-Laing from Derby County demonstrated commendable performance last season, with 24 goals and seven assists to his credit.

As the pre-season football agenda enters a critical phase, this Saturday afternoon at Pride Park bears witness to an enticing encounter between Derby County and Sheffield United. Both sides are striding forward in their distinct pathways, yet they share a commonality in their resolute aim to bounce back from previous adversities.

Derby County: Unyielding Aspirations for Elevation

Derby County are renowned for their fierce tenacity. Last season, the Rams fell short of a place in the League One playoffs by a mere point, a heartbreaking conclusion in spite of a triumphant 15-match unbeaten run from October to February. The final nail in the coffin was a 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. In light of their narrow miss, Derby County’s determination to ascend in the 2023-24 season is fiercer than ever, guided by the unwavering leadership of Paul Warne.

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This pre-season, the Rams have shown formidable form. With a strong record of three victories and a draw, the squad is proving their readiness for the forthcoming campaign. Their series of successes included an assertive 2-0 victory over Matlock and a convincing 3-0 win against Stoke City. Against Stoke, the first-half goals from Curtis Nelson, James Collins, and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing cemented their dominance.

Derby County’s recruitment drive further reflects their ambition. The squad’s strength has been enhanced with a handful of new signings including Sonny Bradley and Conor Washington. These reinforcements have come at an opportune time, following the departure of stalwarts Curtis Davies and David McGoldrick.

Sheffield United: Back to the Big Leagues

Sheffield United are no strangers to bouncing back. The Blades have freshly secured a place in the Premier League, accumulating a hefty 91 points to secure a position 11 points above the automatic promotion places. Their only shortcoming was being eclipsed by Burnley, who clinched the second-tier title with an impressive 101 points. Nevertheless, the Blades showcased their might, registering just one less victory than Burnley over the season.

The Blades’ pre-season performance, however, has been less than optimal with a single victory amidst a draw and two defeats. Despite their lacklustre performance in recent friendlies, the squad is eager to demonstrate an improved performance against Derby County. With their final warm-up match scheduled for August 5 against Stuttgart, Sheffield United are under pressure to bounce back.

The Encounter at Pride Park

The upcoming fixture promises a thrilling confrontation, with both teams holding strong motivations. Derby County, boasting their indomitable pre-season form, look set to challenge the Premier League newcomers. Yet, Sheffield United’s demonstrated ability to overcome setbacks should not be underestimated.

Match Predictions

1. Prediction: Both Teams to Score The underlying numbers from both teams suggest that goals from both sides are likely. Derby County averaged 1.5 goals per game last season, while Sheffield United boasted an average of 1.6. Furthermore, the Rams’ pre-season form suggests an attacking style of play, which will challenge Sheffield United’s defence.

2. Correct Score Prediction: 2-1 to Derby County Given Derby County’s pre-season form and Sheffield United’s struggle to maintain clean sheets, a 2-1 win for the home side seems plausible. This prediction is supported by Derby County’s ability to score from different situations and players.

3. Goalscorer Prediction: Nathaniel Mendez-Laing Mendez-Laing, having scored in the pre-season match against Stoke City, seems a promising candidate for a goalscorer. His performance last season, with 24 goals and seven assists, further justifies this prediction.

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