Derby County v Sheffield United Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 20th October 2018

Frank Lampard’s Derby County welcome league leaders Sheffield United to Pride Park for this weekend’s standout fixture in the EFL Championship on Saturday evening. Chris Wilder’s men have been in incredible form over the past couple of months or so, shooting themselves to the top of the table after winning eight of their last 10 matches in the Championship.

Derby have made an indifferent start to their season, and the Rams could do with all three points from this one after failing to win any of their last three league games. With both sides having aspirations of getting to the Premier League, this will no doubt be a thrilling encounter at Pride Park at the weekend.

Top Tips

Draw @ 11/5

Draw & BTTS @ 3/1

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Derby County News: Rams Looking for First Win in Four

Derby County Playing Football Match
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Lampard has had a topsy-turvy start to his managerial career in the East Midlands, with the Rams occupying eighth spot after 12 games. County have won five, drawn three and lost four to sit on 18 points from a possible 36. Since putting on a superb display to beat Brentford 3-1 at Pride Park back in September, the Rams have managed to pick up just one point from their last three in the Championship. Nevertheless, a win over the league leaders on Saturday could lift them into the play-off places.

Victory at Old Trafford the Highlight for Lampard

Lampard had an outstanding career as a player, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a UEFA Champions League during his memorable time at Stamford Bridge. It remains to be seen whether the former England man will be as successful as a manger, but last month’s EFL Cup win at Old Trafford is certainly the highlight of his short managerial career so far. Derby were the huge underdogs in Manchester, but goals from Harry Wilson and Jack Marriott earned the Rams a 2-2 draw in normal time. Lampard’s men then went on to win 8-7 on penalties to beat Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils in their own back yard. Next up for Lampard in the League Cup is a trip to the Bridge to face his former club Chelsea.

Can the Rams Push for Automatic Promotion?

Derby are usually among the favourites for promotion each pre-season, with this year being no different. County have come very close on a number of occasions over the past decade or so under various managers, but can they finally get the job done under Lampard? The Rams certainly have the players, with a perfect blend of youth and experience, which could take them very close this year.

Sheffield United News: Superb Response by the Blades

Sheffield United's Bramall Lane Pre Match
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Sheffield United started their season with back-to-back Championship defeats to Swansea City and Middlesbrough. Since then, however, Wilder’s men have been the in-form team in the Championship, dropping just five points from their last 10 league games. Since losing 1-0 away at Bristol City last month, United have beaten the likes of Preston North End, Millwall, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City.

Wilder Finding That Winning Formula

The season could not have started much worse for Sheff United, who were beaten fairly and squarely by both Swansea and Middlesbrough, but what the Blades have done since is nothing short of incredible. Last season, United flirted with the promotion places before falling off drastically in the second half of the season to finish in 10th position. However, having found a superb winning formula in recent weeks, can the Sheffield club sustain a promotion push this time around? A win at Derby at the weekend would send out a huge signal of intent to their Championship rivals.

Analysis: Evenly Matched Teams to Play Out Entertaining Draw

Since losing 4-1 at home to Leeds United in their first home match of the season, Derby have won three and drawn two of their last five at Pride Park. As for the Blades, they have the joint best away record in the division with 12 points to their name from six league fixtures on the road. There’s hardly anything to split these two in the betting, and we’re expecting things to be very close on the pitch too. Both teams are capable of winning this, but we fancy the pair to play out an entertaining draw at Pride Park.

All Square at Pride Park

Sheff United have only drawn once in the Championship this season, being held to a 0-0 stalemate by Birmingham City at Bramall Lane a month back. Derby, though, have drawn three times in the league, with all three coming in their last five games. We fancy the Rams to draw for the third successive match on Saturday, which you can get at odds of 11/5.

Each Team to Get on the Scoresheet

Derby have registered in five of their six home league matches this season, scoring nine times along the way. As for the Blades, they have netted 10 goals in their last five Championship away fixtures. We can see each side getting on the scoresheet in the Midlands, so put some money on the draw and both teams to score at the top price of 3/1.

Wilson to Score Again on Saturday

Wales international Harry Wilson, who is on loan from Liverpool, has made a real impact at Pride Park this season. The midfielder scored a cracking free kick for his country in their 1-0 UEFA Nations League win over Republic of Ireland in midweek, and Wilson will be keen to add to his two Derby goals this weekend. The 21-year-old Welshman is available at 5/2 to score anytime against the league leaders.

Recent Matches

Sheff United have an excellent recent record at Pride Park, winning two and drawing one of their last three visits to Derby’s home. Meanwhile, the Rams have not beaten the Blades at Pride Park since Paul Green and Rob Hulse were on the scoresheet in a 2-1 win way back in September 2008. Since then, Sheff United have won four, Derby have picked up just one win and there have been two draws between the pair.

1st January 2018: Derby County 1 – 1 Sheffield United

On New Year’s Day last season, Derby and Sheff United played out a 1-1 draw at Pride Park. Matej Vydra gave County the lead from the penalty spot on 24 minutes, with Leon Clarke equalising for the Blades shorty after half time. Both sides huffed and puffed late on, but Wilder’s troops held on for an away draw.

26th August 2017: Sheffield United 3 – 1 Derby County

Back in August 2017, United cruised to a 3-1 win over Derby at Bramall Lane. Billy Sharp was the hero for the Blades, scoring a goal in each half, with a Johnny Russell own goal helping them out. Craig Bryson scored Derby’s consolation in injury time just before Sharp put the game to bed by grabbing his second.

26th February 2011: Sheffield United 0 – 1 Derby County

Prior to last season’s matches, these two sides had not met since the 2010-11 Championship campaign. Back in February 2011, a Theo Robinson goal was enough to give the Rams a 1-0 victory in the Steel City. Meanwhile, the reverse match that season ended in a 1-0 win for United at Pride Park, with Richard Cresswell scoring the only goal of the game.

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