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The Championship tie at Deepdale on Wednesday sees home side Preston North End
up against opponents in Derby County
. Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Preston North End v Derby County (including the best match odds).
Preston North End
Preston North End will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 1-3 Championship losing effort in their last game against Cardiff City. In that game, Preston North End managed 47% possession and 11 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Preston North End was Daniel Johnson (73'). For their opponents, Cardiff City had 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Joe Ralls (69'), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (82') and Robert Glatzel (90') scored for Cardiff City.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where Preston North End haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that The Lilywhites have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 12 goals in the process.
Their past results show that Preston North End:
- haven't won against Derby County in their previous 13 matches in the league. That has got to hurt.
- have not won at home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Derby County will come into the match after a 2-1 Championship win over Reading in their last fixture. In that match, Derby County had 50% possession and 13 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Derby County, goals were scored by Tom Lawrence (44') and Wayne Rooney (45'). At the other end, Reading had 13 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Andy Rinomhota (62') was the scorer for Reading.
In a total of 6 of the previous 6 clashes featuring Derby County, a minimum of three goals have been struck. The average number of goals per game within that spell is 3.5, with the average number of goals for The Rams equalling 2.
Analysis of their past results shows that Derby County:
- are undefeated by Preston North End when they've played them away from home in the last 6 league games. Away fans have certainly had plenty to cheer about.
- have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of past results between these clubs going back to 07/03/2017 shows that these fixtures have not been happy ones for Preston North End. They’ve not been able to get any wins whatsoever whereas Derby County have been dominant against them, winning in 67% of those match-ups.
An aggregate of 7 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 1 for The Lilywhites and 6 for The Rams. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.17.
The previous league game between these sides was Championship match day 17 on 23/11/2019 and the score finished Derby County 1-0 Preston North End. On that occasion, Derby County had 45% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Martyn Waghorn (33'). On the other side, Preston North End had 12 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The referee was Tim Robinson.
Team News: Preston North End
Preston North End manager Alex Neil will be thankful to have no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game with a completely injury-free group to choose from.
It seems likely that The Lilywhites look set to employ a 4-3-3 system for this one, utilising Declan Rudd, Andrew Hughes, Ben Davies, Patrick Bauer, Darnell Fisher, Paul Gallagher, Ben Pearson, Daniel Johnson, Scott Sinclair, Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen.
Team News: Derby County
Thanks to a largely full-strength group of players, there’s just the one fitness issue for the Derby County gaffer Phillip Cocu to be concerned with. Krystian Bielik (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
We reckon that The Rams will likely play in a 4-2-3-1 lineup with a starting lineup of Ben Hamer, Jayden Bogle, Matt Clarke, Andre Wisdom, Craig Forsyth, Wayne Rooney, Max Bird, Martyn Waghorn, Louie Sibley, Duane Holmes and Chris Martin.
We feel that over the course of the game, Derby County might have a difficult job to see themselves scoring against this Preston North End lineup who we think will likely be able to grind out a win. We therefore think that it’s going to be a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 victory for Preston North End at the end of the 90. We’ll see what happens.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Preston North End
Stadium: Deepdale (23,404)
Captain: Tom Clarke
Chairman: Craig Hemmings
Manager: Alex Neil
Competitions: Championship position 6
🔑 Star Player: Daniel Johnson
Normally used in the Centre Midfield position, Daniel Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Having made his senior debut playing for Yeovil Town in the 2012 - 2013 season, the talented Midfielder has scored 11 league goals in this Championship 2019 - 2020 campaign so far from a total of 27 appearances.