Derby vs Barnsley by 20legend

Derby
VS
Barnsley
Derby is currently in 3rd place with 78 points after 43 games, but they have not given up chasing down 2nd placed Burnley who has 86 points. Burnley is going to meet 5th placed Wigan today as well, so Derby just has to keep their good form and build on their strong results this season. They are among the top home sides in Championship with 12-4-5 this season and 40:22 on goal difference. They have now taken three wins in a row and a total 4-0-1 from their last five games. They have also been very strong at home lately with three straight wins against Nottingham Forrest (5-0), Charlton (3-0) and Huddersfield (3-1).

 

With only three games left of the season, Derby could grab the 2nd place if they win all three remaining games, but then Burnley must at least lose two of their last three games and get only one draw. Then it will be a chance for Derby to take it on goal difference. Otherwise Burnley must lose all three games, but Derby must still win all their games. Burnley will be facing Wigan (5th place) at home, Ipswich (8th placed) at home and Reading (7th placed) away from home in the remaining games, while Derby will meet Barnsley (23rd placed) at home, Leeds (16th placed) away from home and Watford (12th placed) at home. It is therefore most likely that Derby will have to qualify through playoffs, but the possibility is there at the moment.

 

Derby has no important injuries to take care of at the moment, but some changes in the starting lineup could be a scenario from the manager Steve McClaren, as the strikers Simon Dawkins (10/0) and Jamie Ward (36/7) are back from their injuries and available today.

 

Barnsley is in a way different area these days. They fight for their staying in the Championship also next season, as they are currently in the relegation zone (23rd place) with 39 points in 43 games. The battle for survival is really close as 24th placed Yeovil is coming from behind with 37 points, while it is only three points up to 21st placed Charlton who has the safe-spot. Charlton does also have a game in hand on the other bottom-teams, so it could be in-form Millwall with 43 points that has to be the aim here. However, Barnsley is showing no signs of turning things around like Millwall do. Barnsley has just 1-1-3 and poorly 2:4 on goal difference on the previously five games which is totally disturbing.

 

Their midifielder Kevin Etuhu (19/0) is very doubtful ahead of this match which is a truly blow for them. Etuhu has recently performed very well in his anker-role on the midfield and his performance is important for an out-of-form Barnsley. In addition striker Marcus Pedersen (17/2), defender Jack Hunt (11/0) and their winger Jim O’Brien (27/2) are out with injuries.

 

This is another match were both teams needs three points. Even if it is dangerous to face a team that is struggling in the relegation zone at the end of the season, I think that Derby will deal with it by winning this one. The squad is much stronger overall and the injuries are not there for them. Barnsley is struggling a lot and I do not think that they will get the three points here at Pride Park, where Derby is in control. Barnsley will have to try their best to deal with the damage that hits them. Barnsley has conceded 69 goals in total (36/69 away from home), while Derby has scored 77 goals (40/77 at home). I think that the hosts will be there from the first minute, and have faith of the 2nd place until Burnley (2nd) is mathematically out of reach. My pick will be for Derby to score in both halves.

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Derby to score in both halves Unibet 2.40 5 2-1 LOST (-5 units)
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