Brighton host Derby on Friday evening and we’ve got betting tips and predictions from the Championship match. Brighton got back to winning ways on Tuesday night and gained a couple of points on leaders Newcastle who could only draw with Reading. It leaves them three points behind the Magpies and in a relatively comfortable position entering the final 10 games of the campaign. Chris Hughton’s side weren’t at the races in their 3-0 loss to Nottingham Forest last weekend and haven’t been helped by recent injuries to their side. The 2-1 loss to Newcastle was a huge blow, especially given the face they were leading and the nature of THAT goal from Mo Diame. They are a quality side and Hughton is an experienced manager who will provide a calm head in the dressing room. Exactly what they need.
Despite the setback they have a tremendous record at the AMEX this season. They have accrued the most home points at home this season, one more than Reading and 7 more than leaders Newcastle. They’ve won 13 of 18 games here this season. They are conceding around 0.6 goals a game at home this season and that will make it difficult for a Derby side who are finding the back of the net hard to come by in recent weeks.
Steve McClaren’s side have dropped off the pace in recent weeks and endured a disappointing midweek dropping points in the closing stage of the match against Preston. The Rams were heading towards three points before Tom Barkhuizen popped up with just his second goal for the club and nicked something for the Lilywhites. They can take heart from winning the shot count 9-4 in that game, but they must be more accurate and finish sides off. Their away form is a concern though and for a side sitting 10th in the table, averaging less than a goal a game on the road is simply not good enough. They’ve won just one league game on the road in 2017 which came at Portman Road.
Brighton vs Derby Betting Predictions
Derby have won just once in eight and it’s very hard to make a case for them on Friday night. Brighton are simply too strong at the AMEX and are unlikely to slip up twice in a row here so a Brighton win is our first Brighton vs Derby betting tip and the odds are 5/6 with Ladbrokes. Get a £50 free bet via this Ladbrokes sign-up link.
This is unlikely to be a goal-fest on Friday night. Derby struggle for goals and Brighton like to keep it tight so we’re going for under 2.5 goals as our second betting tip for Brighton vs Derby. The best odds are 7/10 with Sportingbet and you get a £50 free bet via this link.
Glenn Murray used to be the man to back at the AMEX, but his goals have dried up lately, so take Anthony Knockaert who has the habit of scoring important goals this season for an anytime goalscorer to complete this week’s Derby vs Brighton predictions. The odds are 12/5 with bet365 and you get a £200 sign-up bonus when you open an account.
Brighton vs Derby Team News
Brighton will be without Shane Duffy who must undergo an operation. Gaaten Bong & Connor Goldson are already long term casualties. They have signed Vegard Forren who is likely to play a part.
Craig Forsyth and George Thorne are long term absentees and are joined by Nick Blackman who faces a spell on the sidelines. Jason Shackell is struggling for fitness.
Brighton vs Derby Head to Head
These two sides played out a 0-0 draw on the opening weekend of the season. The last three meetings have ended all square. Derby have won two of their last five visits here which came in 2013 and 2014.
Brighton vs Derby Betting Odds
Brighton’s home form makes them the clear favourite here just a shade of odds-on. Derby can be backed at around 14/5 with the majority of firms. Brighton goalscorers dominate the market with Glenn Murray, Tomer Hemed, Sam Baldock and Anthony Knockaert the first four in the market.
Brighton vs Derby Betting Tips
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