Derby County vs Cardiff City - Stalemate at Pride Park

Derby and Cardiff are both tipped to get on the scoresheet
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Derby County are without a win in five matches (Getty Images)

Derby County vs Cardiff City Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips 


Derby County welcome Cardiff City to Pride Park this Friday night in the EFL Championship. The two sides have had slow starts to their campaign and neither of them are looking like the promotion candidates they were tipped to be. A stalemate looks like the most likely outcome on Friday and I am tipping that to happen at odds of 3.40 with bet365

Derby County Form & Team News 


Derby County come into this game having been beaten comfortably 3-0 by Brentford before the international break. Manager Phillip Cocu is struggling to get his team to deliver this season. The Rams are without a win in their last five matches and the manager is facing increasing pressure from the fans. 

The team have been involved in some exciting encounters though. They have seen both teams score in three of their last four matches in the Championship. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 outings in the division. 

Despite some rough results, Cocu is likely to stick with a similar 11 to the one he played against Brentford. Martin Waghorn is likely to lead the line while Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence will provide him with support from the flanks. 

Derby County are priced at 2.37 to pick up the victory with bet365. They are on a poor run of form and I don’t expect them to register the win. A draw at 3.40 is better value. 

Derby County
Derby County have struggled to find consistency under Phillip Cocu (Getty Images)

Cardiff City Form & Team News 


Cardiff City have had a mixed start to their Championship campaign. Their last match ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham with the away team’s Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelling out Josh Murphy’s opener. 

Manager Neil Warnock will be frustrated with his side’s recent performances. The Bluebirds have drawn their last two matches in the Championship. Their most recent away match ended in a bore 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers. Their form away from home has generally been poor and they have failed to win any of their last four games on the road. 

Cardiff have struggled to find a consistent striker this season. Robert Glatzel has been favoured recently but he is without a goal this season. Omar Bogle and Isaac Vassell both offer interesting alternatives for Neil Warnock’s side. Alex Smithies will hold his place in goal while Aiden Flint and Sean Morrison should start at centre back after impressive performances in the absence of Sol Bamba.

Cardiff are priced at 2.87 to win the match. The fact that they haven’t won away this campaign suggests this may not be worth a bet. 

Derby County vs Cardiff City Head to Head 


Derby and Cardiff have met a total of 34 times. The Rams have recorded 11 victories while Cardiff have the edge with 13 wins. Their last encounter ended in a 3-1 victory for Derby back in April 2018. 

Derby County vs Cardiff City Match Up 


Both Cardiff City and Derby County have under performed this season and both of them are struggling to find consistent starting 11s. Cardiff have shown that they can grind out a result in recent weeks though and a draw looks like the most likely outcome on the cards on Friday. 

Cardiff City
Neil Warnock's Cardiff City are without a win in four away games (Getty Images)

Derby County vs Cardiff City Key Statistics


  • Derby County have seen both teams score in 3 of their last 4 matches in the Championship. 
  • Derby County are without a win in their last 5 matches in the Championship. 
  • Derby County have drawn 3 of their last 5 matches in the Championship. 
  • Cardiff City are without a win in 4 away matches in all competitions. 
  • Cardiff City have drawn their last two matches in the Championship. 

Verdict

Derby County and Cardiff City are both very inconsistent at the moment and a score draw looks like the most likely outcome this weekend. 

Best Bet: BTTS Yes @ 1.61 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.40 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 6.50 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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Betting Slip | 13 Sep 2019

Derby v Cardiff

Best Bet

Bet 3 Win 4.83
BTTS Yes

Value Bet

Bet 1 Win 3.40
Draw

Correct Score Tip

Bet 1 Win 6.50
1-1 Draw
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