Derby County v Cardiff City Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 24th April 2018

Derby County and Cardiff City meet in a rearranged fixture in the EFL Championship on Tuesday night. This is a huge game at Pride Park as both sides seek promotion to the Premier League. The Bluebirds have eyes on joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight via the direct route, while the Rams are enduring a fierce battle with several other clubs for a place in the play-offs.

Derby are running out of lives to claim a spot in the top six, but Tuesday’s encounter with the Bluebirds is their game in hand on their promotion rivals. County may be miles behind the Welsh outfit in the table, but Gary Rowett’s side will fancy their chances of claiming all three points on home soil.

Top Tips

Draw @ 12/5

Draw & BTTS @ 3/1

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Derby County Form

The Derby fans have sadly become accustomed to seeing their team fall away at the crucial stage of the season. Before hosting promotion rivals Middlesbrough at Pride Park on Saturday, the Rams have lost their last two. After an expected 2-0 loss to champions-elect Wolves at Molineux, County were embarrassingly beaten 3-1 at League One-bound Burton Albion last time out.

Derby have seen themselves slip away from the top two and even out of the play-offs after an alarming dip in form over the past few months. With two massive home games coming up in the space of a few days, this is a make-or-break week for Rowett’s Derby.

Burton Albion v Derby County 14th April 2018 3-1 Loss
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Derby County 11th April 2018 2-0 Loss
Derby County v Bolton Wanderers 7th April 2018 3-0 Win

Cardiff City Form

After falling to gut-wrenching defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa respectively, Cardiff hit back with a vital 2-0 win at Norwich City last weekend, knocking Fulham out of second spot in the process. With the Cottagers at high-flying Millwall on Friday, while the Bluebirds host Nottingham Forest on Saturday night, this is a massive week for Neil Warnock’s men and they will fancy their chances of clinching second spot.

If results go their way at the weekend, Cardiff could claim automatic promotion at Pride Park with a win on Tuesday. If the Bluebirds do go on to secure a place in next year’s Premier League, nobody can say they don’t deserve it.

Norwich City v Cardiff City 14th April 2018 0-2 Win
Aston Villa v Cardiff City 10th April 2018 1-0 Loss
Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers 6th April 2018 0-1 Loss

Head to Head Stats

In the corresponding fixture last season, Cardiff edged a 4-3 thriller at Pride Park, coming from two goals down in the process. Things were a little less uneventful in the reverse match at the Cardiff City Stadium earlier in the season, with the sides playing out a pretty forgettable 0-0 draw.

Derby have struggled against the Bluebirds in recent times, winning just four of the past 17 meetings over the last decade. However, three of those wins have come in the last six matches between the pair.

30th Sep 2017 Cardiff 0-0 Derby Draw Championship
14th Feb 2017 Derby 3-4 Cardiff Cardiff Championship
27th Sep 2016 Cardiff 0-2 Derby Derby Championship

Injuries & Suspensions

The injured Bradley Johnson, Marcus Olsson, Andreas Weimann and Kasey Palmer will all be assessed for Derby ahead of this crucial fixture at Pride Park. Cardiff could be without Joe Ralls and Sol Bamba.

Derby County

  • Bradley Johnson - Could miss out with an ankle injury
  • Marcus Olsson - Defender a doubt for this one
  • Andreas Weimann - Striker has picked up a knock
  • Kasey Palmer - Doubtful with a knock
  • Ikechi Anya - Winger out with a calf injury
  • Sam Winnall - Side-lined for the season with a cruciate ligament injury

Cardiff City

  • Joe Ralls - Still a doubt with an ankle problem
  • Sol Bamba - Fighting to be fit after recently picking up a knock
  • Jazz Richards - Likely to miss out with an ankle injury
  • Danny Ward - Side-lined due to a long-term knee problem

Betting Tips

This is a massive match for both sides at Pride Park, with so much at stake for the duo. Derby will keep fighting in their quest for a play-off spot, while Cardiff are just a few wins away from securing promotion to the Premier League via the automatic route against all odds. Which team can hold their nerve in the East Midlands on Tuesday night?


Cardiff have been very strong away from home this season, winning 10 of their 21 Championship matches on their travels – only Wolves and Fulham have picked up more away points. As for the Rams, before playing Boro at the weekend, they have won half of their 20 league games at Pride Park. We can see the two playing out a draw, which you can get at 12/5.

Draw & Both Teams to Score

Warnock’s Cardiff usually score on the road, netting in six of their last seven away Championship fixtures. We can see both notching on Tuesday, so back the draw and BTTS (3/1).

1-1 Draw

Between them, Derby and Cardiff have drawn 1-1 on 11 occasions in the Championship this term. It could be worth backing the 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

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