Stoke City v Derby County Tips & Predictions
17th August 2019 – 15:00
Match Preview & Team News
The Potters have significantly strengthened their squad during the summer, but the head coach Nathan Jones will need some time to bed in the new arrivals according to team’s initial performances. Stoke City are yet to avoid a defeat coming into the third-round fixture against Derby County. They conceded five goals in back-to-back league defeats to Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic. Will the mid-week’s 0-1 victory away at Wigan Athletic in the League Cup boost up their confidence and raise the spirits inside the dressing room?
It’s hard to see Stoke’s inaugural win coming against the Rams who have been very solid at the back under the new manager Philip Cocu. Derby County were stopped at the last hurdle in the promotional play-offs in May and they were expected to struggle to adjust to life without Frank Lampard at the start of the new season.
However, Derby claimed four points from ties with Huddersfield Town and Swansea City allowing just one goal along the way. They have also kept a clean sheet in a 0-1 away victory over lower-division Scunthorpe United in the first round of the League Cup on Tuesday evening.
Welsh midfielder Thomas Lawrence will be the man to look after here. He inspired the 1-2 victory against the Terriers with a brace on the opening Matchday. He can be backed as the anytime goalscorer here at the sky-high 3/1 odds.
Stoke City took four points from two matches against the Rams in the previous term.
Full Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Derby left a much better impression in the opening two rounds and we find the value in backing them not to lose at 4/6 odds.
Goals Market Prediction
There were no goals scored when these two likes last met each other in March. The Under 2.5 goals FT looks like a decent betting option at the odds of 4/6.
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