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Preston vs Derby Predictions

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England Championship | Deepdale | 1st July
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Preston
  • W
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  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L
KO 17:00
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Derby
  • D
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Preston vs Derby predictions ahead of Wednesday’s Championship clash at Deepdale. Will Derby enhance their playoff hopes here? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Derby to Win @ 15/8

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Derby 2-1 @ 9/1

Reason For Preston vs Derby Predictions

  • Preston have failed to win in their last 13 meetings with Preston, losing four of their last five.
  • No side have a better record in the Championship in 2020 than Derby.
  • The Rams have won each of their last four league games.

Derby pushing for promotion

Preston spent three months in the top six while the league was paused, but they’ve quickly lost their grip on that final playoff place. One point from two games has seen them fall behind Cardiff, but it could be that eighth-placed Derby are the side to fear the most.

The Rams have made up for a tough start by hitting top form, which has brought two wins from two since the restart. That has only boosted their incredible turn in fortunes since Wayne Rooney arrived, which makes them look like a side who could not just sneak into the playoffs, but potentially win them.

Deepdale slide

Not long ago, Preston had the most formidable home record in the division. However, things tailed off before they lost their home support. Preston’s 3-1 loss to Cardiff on Saturday was their third in four games at home. Preston have now lost four of their last five league games (D1), conceding at least twice in each defeat. That form has dented their playoff hopes, while things could get worse this weekend.

Preston have won none of their last 13 league matches against Derby (D4 L9), a run stretching back to the 2009-10 season. Meanwhile, they have suffered four defeats in the last five games between the pair. With their form dipping as Derby race up the table, that poor run is likely to continue.

Rams on the charge

When it comes to relying on a Championship side, the Rams are easily the go-to team right now. No side has won more Championship points so far in 2020 than Derby (27), with the Rams also on the longest scoring run in the division, having found the net in each of their last 16 games. That should continue against Preston, who have kept just two clean sheets in 20 home matches.

Derby head into this one with four successive victories behind them. Given Preston’s awful recent form, we expect the visitors to pile the pressure onto Preston in the playoff race. We’re kicking off our predictions here with an away win, as Derby look like brilliant value to secure the points given how they are each shaping up for Wednesday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, Derby’s wins have been pretty thrilling of late. The Rams have seen both teams score in their last eight away trips, while they have gone 19 games without a clean sheet on the road. Preston have scored in each of their last three home games, so we are going with a 2-1 away win as our correct score prediction.

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