Stoke City vs Derby County Betting Preview – 28/11/2018

Stoke City vs Derby County Betting Preview – 28/11/2018

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Stoke City vs Derby County

There’s Championship action on Wednesday night as Stoke’s under-pressure manager Gary Rowett takes on his former club Derby at the Bet365 Stadium.

Last season’s relegated side are currently eight points off the playoff spots and that could extend to eleven should they lose at home to Frank Lampard’s vibrant young team.

Stoke are something of draw specialists in recent weeks, tieing four of their last five games. Rowett will be pleased that there’s an extra steeliness to them and that they’re proving more difficult to beat, which is a contrast to the early weeks of the season. However, they need to start picking up three points with more regularity if they’re to start climbing up the table.

Injuries can’t be an excuse, either as Erik Pieters is the only player sidelined for this clash. Joe Allen is still showing his Premier League quality, and he contributed a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with QPR, but too many of their others are underperforming. It’s likely that Rowett will match Lampard’s 4-3-3 with his own, with James McClean and Mame Biram Diouf flanking striker Saido Berahino.

Benik Afobe is still Stoke’s top scorer with four league goals, but the Congolese striker hasn’t scored in his last ten appearances for club or country and doesn’t appear to be the reliable Championship goal-getter they thought they were buying, so could spend another game on the bench.

With just one defeat in their last nine games, Stoke are proving tricky to beat, while the recent run of three consecutive clean sheets showed a new-found defensive solidity. Another draw can be backed at 23/10 with SkyBet.

Goals at both ends, or a general goalfest appears unlikely, despite the open 2-2 draw on Saturday: it was the first time in nine games that featured more than 2.5 goals and just the second in eight games with a goal at both ends. Under 2.5 goals can be backed at 4/5 with Bet365, and both teams not to score has odds of 1/1 with SkyBet.

Visitors Derby had two weeks over the international to stew over their demoralising 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa, but returned to winning ways on Saturday at Hillsborough as they came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1. Lampard will be hoping for another good performance on the road.

Their young British quartet of Harry Wilson, Jack Marriott, Tom Lawrence and Mason Mount has been central to all of the good work that Derby have been doing this season and that proved to be the case once again as Wilson and Marriott found the back of the net on Saturday. Wilson, Lawrence and Mount have all been well worth their recent international call-ups, while Jack Marriott has won the battle to be Lampard’s first-choice striker, with six goals in his last eight games. He can be backed at 9/5 with BetVictor to get on the scoresheet again.

Like Stoke, Derby are difficult to beat, with the loss at Villa their only one of their last eight Championship matches. They’ve picked up eight points from the last four league games on the road and have the fifth best away record in the division. Bet365 offer odds of 21/10 for Lampard’s men to come out on top here.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score NO at 1/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Jack Marriott to score anytime at 9/5 with BetVictor – BET HERE

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