2019-20 Sky Bet Championship: Week 40 – Wednesday

Preston North End welcome Derby County to Deepdale in a huge Sky Bet Championship clash in the race for a play-off spot. 

Preston can move to within a point of sixth-placed Cardiff with victory, although Derby can also move to within a point of the Bluebirds and displace the Lilywhites in the process. 

 

Team News

Moult

Preston have no fresh injury concerns with Louis Moult still ruled out with a knee injury.

Derby will be without Jack Marriott after the striker underwent surgery recently on a minor groin issue. 

Tom Lawrence begins a three match ban after being red-carded in Saturday’s win over Reading. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Preston are winless in their last 13 meetings against Derby (D4, L9)
  • Derby are unbeaten in their last six trips to Deepdale, from which they have taken a 14 out of a possible 18 points (W4, D2).
  • Phillip Cocu’s Rams have kept five clean sheets in their last five matches against Preston (W4, D1).

 

Prediction

After Saturday’s shambolic defensive display against Cardiff, Preston have to raise their game because Derby are gaining traction just like they did at end of last season, which is surely a huge concern for many teams in and around the play-off spots. 

Defending however has been an issue for both teams since returning from lockdown, so expect goals in what should be a fairly competitive game although Derby seem to possess the bigger danger across the pitch.

Prediction: Preston North End 1-2 Derby County

Result: Preston North End 0-1 Derby County

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