Preston v Derby – Deepdale Stadium at 19:45 GMT

Derby County will be visiting the Deepdale Stadium on Friday to take on the Preston North End for their EFL Championship clash. Derby County will be entering this match fresh off the back of back-to-back narrow victories across all competitions. They were also able to proceed into the 5th round of the FA Cup over the weekend. However, will they manage to continue their race in the promotion on Friday when they face Preston?

Frank Lampard’s men are at the 6th spot in the standings and are trying to remain consistent in their performance as they look forward in returning to the English top flight; however, Friday’s clash will be a tough test since they will be taking on an unpredictable side like Preston.

Preston, on the other hand, won their previous two games on the road but they will need reinforcements if they want to guarantee a victory against Derby. It’s also worrying that Preston currently sit at the 16th place in the league. When these pairs met in August, the Rams were the ones who bagged the 2-0 victory.

LATEST NEWS

–          Preston striker Louis Moult might miss Friday night’s game after suffering from a hamstring injury.

–          Andy Boyle recently joined Scottish Championship team Ross County on load until the end of this year’s campaign.

PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI

Preston: 4-2-3-1

Declan Rudd, Darnell Fisher, Jordan Storey, Ben Davies, Andrew Hughes, Paul Gallagher, Ben Pearson, Brad Potts, Alan Browne, Sean Maguire, Jayden Stockley

Derby: 4-3-3

Kelle Roos, Duane Holmes, Richard Keogh, Fikayo Tomori, Scott Malone, Tyree Wilson, George Evans, Mason Mount, Martyn Waghorn, David Nugent, Jack Marriott

KEY PLAYERS

Preston

Darnell Fisher’s performance during Preston North End’s victory against Stoke City was remarkable after struggling to find consistency at the beginning of the season. He played a very important part that secured their 2-0 win against the Potters on Saturday.

Alan Browne plays as a midfielder for Preston and has been displaying quite an incredible performance lately, especially during their 2-0 victory against Stoke City, netting his 10th goal this season. He’s one of the most impressive players in his position, even receiving praises that he is destined for the Premier League.

Derby

Duane Holmes was a summer signing for Derby County and ever since he started playing for the Rams, he has been showing his remarkable skills in each of his performances which earned plenty of praise from Frank Lampard himself and Derby’s fans.

Harry Wilson is currently on loan from Premier League top-ranked side Liverpool. He is consistent in netting goals which could be a boost for Derby on Friday night’s face-off against Preston. His ball-handling skills and the way he deliver goals are quite impressive which could help Derby secure their victory.

MATCH PREDICTION

Preston v Derby: 1-2

Between these two sides, Derby County are the favourites to come out as winners on Friday night’s battle especially considering Preston’s awful defensive records. Apart from this, the visitors have an excellent record on the road in the competition, conceding just a few goals in countless travels. They could take advantage of the fact that Preston have the fourth worst defensive record in the Championship league.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMj

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