Derby County vs Fulham by Luke
Derby County did well last time out on Friday evening when the team won over QPR in front of own fans with a narrow 1:0 result. Only goal was scored in 70th minute via Vydra, in not that interesting match, but it needs to be said that the players of Derby still deserved the victory and looked better on the field overall.
They had a bit more of the ball possession during the whole game, creating more and more concrete chances, also being willing to risk a bit more towards the end of the match, so they were awarded for that. With this victory they broke a mini streak of three matches without a victory, as the side continues to be in the upper part of the table, currently at tenth position with eight points less than play-off placed Fulham and this is probably the last chance for them to get involved into the promotional battle.
Derby County will be set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation, using Nugent as number nine and central striker. Russell, Vydra and Ince are his offensive support. Defensive midfielder George Thorne remains absentee through the whole season, while injured also are left full back Craig Forsyth (3/1), central defender Jason Shackell (8/0) and forward Nick Blackman (8/1).
Fulham, on the other side, managed to recover after their unexpected home defeat in previous round when the team suffered 1:3 loss in front of own fans against Wolves, as the side won narrowly away from home against Rotherham with a 1:0 result on Saturday evening.
Only goal was scored in 66th minute via Aluko, but it should be said that the players of Fulham had much more of the ball possession and generally controlled the game, which wasn't very attractive one with both teams firstly being oriented on their defensive tasks. With this victory Fulham remained at sixth position, having now just a point more than seventh placed Sheffield United and remaining in a must win situation here.
Visitors from London are set to play also in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Martin as central striker, plus Aluko, Cairney and Kebano as offensive midfielders. Offensive midfielder Lucas Piazon (22/5) continues to miss with some time already due injury, while their team captain and central midfielder Scott Parker (28/0) missed previous three clashes with a back problem and is doubtful for this one.
- Derby have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Fulham.
This game comes as probably last chance for Derby to even involve into the play-off race as they would have five points less in case they get a victory over Fulham. Visitors are known for a bit more open approach away from home and surely have the quality to be fully competitive here. Both teams scoring at least once and three goals minimum will be my first betting option here.