EFL CHAMPIONSHIP

Stoke City vs Derby County: Preview, Prediction, Team News

Stoke Derby

Stoke to host Derby at the Bet 365 stadium in the EFL Championship on Thursday evening. The visitors would eye for their third consecutive victory for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Michael O’ Neill’s men would try to salvage points to stay out of the relegation zone.

Stoke City are currently in the 8th spot in the league table with 35 points from 22 games. The Potters have won only twice out of the last 5 games played.

Stoke failed to make it two wins in a row as they were held to a goalless draw by Middlesbrough in the last game.

O’ Neill’s men have to cope up with the 19-day wait for a game and look for all three points to see themselves in the final playoff spot.

On the other hand, Derby County are placed at the rock bottom of the table with 7 points out of the 23 played. They are in dire need to change the situation and bring themselves up in the points table.

Derby outshined West Brom in their last match defeating The Baggies by one goal to nil. Rooney’s men are slowly gaining momentum by defeating Blackpool in the earlier fixture.

The Rams have to defeat Stoke City and give themselves a chance to stay out from the relegation zone.

Stoke City vs Derby County Team News, Injuries, Suspensions

Both sides have a long list of players who will be on the touchline due to injuries.

Nick Powell, Jordan Thompson, Romaine Sawyers, Harry Souttar and Josef Bursik are all sidelined due to injuries and will miss the game for Stoke City.

Derby on the other hand will miss Krystian Bielik, Lee Buchanan, Jack Stretton from their side.

stoke vs derby

Head to Head

Derby County have a better record in the history of this head to head fixture, claiming 54 wins from the last 138 meetings between the teams. Stoke City have won 43 games, while the points have been shared on 41 occasions.

Stoke City form in last 5 matches: W-L-L-W-D

Derby County form in last 5 matches: D-L-L-W-W

Stoke City vs Derby County Predicted Lineup:

Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Davies; Wilmot, Batth, Fox; Smith, Allen, Clucas, Vrancic, Tymon; Campbell, Fletcher

Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies; Ebosele, Bird, Thompson, Forsyth; Knight, Kazim-Richards, Jozwiak

Prediction:

An exciting match can be expected at the Bet 365 stadium, though the hosts hold an upper edge in the fixture. However, Derby’s rejuvenated form might cause some worries for O’ Neill’s side.

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