Derby County vs Burton AlbionEnglish League One, KO: 20:00 Jan 15, 2024, Pride Park
Derby County will be aiming to crank up the pressure on the frontrunners as they host Burton Albion in a Monday night League One fixture. The Rams ns are expected to be too strong for an erratic Burton side and should ease to a comfortable victory here.
Derby County are coming off a 1-0 home defeat to Bradford City in an EFL Cup clash last weekend. It was a closely fought encounter with Derby unable to find a way back into the contest after going behind midway through the second half.
That was a rare defeat for Derby County, who have looked sharp this season and are challenging around the top of the League One standings. Paul Warne’s men are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 League One matches, claiming nine wins in that run, including a 3-1 defeat at Fleetwood Town last time out in the competition.
Pride Park has been a solid hunting ground for Derby County, who are unbeaten in six of their last seven League One home matches. They have picked up five wins in that run with a 4-0 victory over Northampton Town highlighting their attacking prowess.
While Derby County are challenging near the top of the table, Burton Albion are in danger of being dragged into the relegation scrap. They have been on a downward spiral lately and are currently 19th on the table, just five points above the relegation zone.
Burton Albion travel to Pride Park winless in their last three matches across all competitions. They were beaten 2-1 by Blackpool in the FA Cup third round and were held to a 1-1 draw by Wycombe Wanderers in their previous League One fixture.
Things have also been rough for Burton Albion on their travels and they are winless in their last six League One away matches. Martin Patterson’s men have been beaten five times in that run failing to score in four of the last five matches.
How the bookies view it
Derby County are considered overwhelming among the bookies and with a home win priced at 1/3 by bet365. An unlikely victory for Burton Albion is valued at 11/1 by Coral while a draw is set at odds of 4/1 by William Hill.
Head to head
Derby County have an 8-2 advantage with two draws from.12 previous matches against Burton Albion. The Rams are also unbeaten in the last four meetings, claiming three wins in that run, including a 3-0 victory in the recreation fixture back in August.
Players to watch
James Collins is the leading scorer for Derby County with 11 League One goals this season and will be the one to watch on Monday. The striker was also on target in the reverse fixture and is priced at 7/5 with bet365 to find the net once again.
Derby County will be keen to take advantage of Burton Albion’s goalscoring problems and having earned shutouts in the last two meetings, will be targeting a similar outcome. Curtis Nelson has been a rock in the heart of the defence and can lead the Rams to a clean sheet at 4/5 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
Derby County have won to nil in the last two meetings and given Burton Albion’s recent goalscoring problems, a repeat could be on the cards at evens with BetVictor. Having run out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture, a -1 handicap could be considered at 10/11 with William Hill.
The Rams scored in both halves in the reverse fixture and a similar pattern is priced at 11/10 with BoyleSports.
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