Sheffield United v Derby County Betting Tips & Predictions – Wednesday 26th December 2018

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United host Frank Lampard’s Derby County at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day in a tasty EFL Championship fixture. Before this weekend’s matches, the Blades and the Rams are separated by a single point in the table, with Derby sitting fourth while United occupy fifth spot. Promotion to the Premier League is the main aim for both of these clubs this season and with things tight at the top a good run could easily propel them into an automatic promotion berth..

Being the hosts, Wilder’s side are the slight 21/10 favourites, with County available at 12/5 to pick up a precious away win. Derby have won two of their last three on the road while Sheffield Utd have failed to win any of their last three at Bramall Lane. With each team at the right end of the table, we should be in for a cracking Championship fixture on Wednesday but maybe an upset is on the cards?

Top Tips

Derby County to Win 2-1 @ 11/1

Derby County Win & Both Teams to Score @ 5/1

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Sheffield United News: Decent Season So Far by the Blades

Sheffield United's Bramall Lane Pre Match
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Sheffield Utd have had a solid season so far, winning half of their 22 league matches. After starting their campaign with back-to-back defeats to well-fancied Swansea City and Middlesbrough, the Blades won eight of their following 10 to fire themselves up the table. In terms of ability on the pitch and finances off it, United are punching well above their weight at the moment. However, they have a passionate manager in Wilder, who knows the club inside and out, and the Blades could be dark horses for promotion this season.

United Looking to Get Back on Track at Home

After losing at home to Swansea on the opening weekend of the season, Utd went eight home league games unbeaten, winning five and drawing three. However, since beating Wigan Athletic 4-2 at Bramall Lane back in October, Wilder’s troops have picked up just one point from their last three at home, drawing with rivals Sheffield Wednesday and losing against Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion. Those are three tough games but even so, the Blades fans would have hoped for a better return. Away from home, however, United have won their last two, beating Brentford 3-2 at Griffin Park and Reading 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium, so their form isn’t too bad overall.

Derby County News: Rams in Good Shape

Derby County Playing Football Match
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Derby are in the promotion mix at the moment, as they have won 11, drawn five and lost six of their 22 league fixtures up until now. County have been in good form of late, picking up seven points from a possible nine since falling to a 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium last month.

In their previous outing, Lampard’s side were held to a 0-0 draw by rivals Nottingham Forest at Pride Park, which was their first stalemate since drawing 1-1 at Middlesbrough in October. Before making the trip to the Steel City to face Sheff Utd on Boxing Day, Derby entertain Lee Johnson’s Bristol City at Pride Park at the weekend.

Derby Strong at Pride Park

Derby have been strong on their own patch, with only the top two, Leeds and Norwich City, picking up more home points (both with 24) than the Rams (21) so far. County have won six, drawn three and lost just two of their 11 Championship home encounters to this point. Both of their home defeats have been heavy ones, though, losing 4-1 to Leeds and 3-0 to Aston Villa. The Midlands club are also pretty strong on their travels, winning five of their 11 away contests.

Lampard to Guide County to the Premier League?

Despite Lampard having no previous managerial experience, bringing in the Chelsea and England legend was a real coup by the club. The 40-year-old has already made a huge impact at Pride Park, with the club spending the majority of the season in the top six of the Championship, sealing some eye-catching results along the way.

On top of their fine league record, the Rams also beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup back in September. With Lampard at the helm, Derby have every chance of gaining promotion to the Premier League in May.

Analysis: Rams to Take the Points at Bramall Lane

Sheff Utd will be desperate for all three points on Boxing Day, having not won in front of their home supporters in nearly two months. Derby, meanwhile, will be hoping to build on their 1-0 away win at Wigan a few weeks back. This could be a close game between these two well matched teams, but we fancy the Rams to nick the points in Sheffield on Wednesday.

Narrow Win for the Visitors

Derby’s last three wins have all been by a one goal margin. When these two went head-to-head at Pride Park a couple of months back, the Rams recorded a 2-1 victory. Derby are priced at the generous odds of 11/1 to beat the Blades 2-1 again in this one and if you want something offering a big return, that’s our call in the correct score betting.

Both Teams on the Scoresheet in Yorkshire

Sheff Utd usually score at home, netting in nine of their 12 league and cup fixtures at Bramall Lane this season. As for Derby, they have scored in all bar two of their 15 away games across all competitions, including at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge in the EFL Cup. Put some money on the away win and both teams to score, another decent longer odds options at 5/1.

Rams to Strike First Through Marriott

Jack Marriott has been in excellent goalscoring form in recent months, scoring an impressive seven goals in his last 11 league and cup outings for the Rams. The 24-year-old is available at 11/2 to open the scoring at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day.

Recent Matches

Derby last won at Bramall Lane back in February 2011, with Theo Robinson scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory for the Rams. Meanwhile, the Blades picked up four points from their two Championship fixtures against the Rams last term.

20th October 2018: Derby County 2 – 1 Sheffield United

Back in October, Derby edged an entertaining match at Pride Park. Craig Bryson gave County the lead in the first minute, an advantage which the hosts held until Chris Basham’s equaliser four minutes before the break. It was an even contest in the second half, but Marriott’s goal in the 77th minute gave Derby all three points on their own patch.

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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