Following a 2 week sabbatical for international football, the Championship programme gets up and running again on Friday evening with two sides who harbour hopes of promotion to the Premier League.
EFL Championship – Derby County v Hull City – Pride Park
Friday 8th September
Kick-off: 19.45 GMT
Derby County – Best Odds – 1/1 (Bet Victor)
Hull City – Best Odds – 3/1 (Bet 365)
Draw – Best Odds – 12/5 (Sky Bet)
Derby currently sit 12th in the Championship with 7 points to their name. They’ve had an inconsistent start to the season, winning 2 games, losing 2 and drawing their opening day fixture away at Sunderland.
They dominated their last match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane but only managed to register 2 shots on target and paid the price in a 3-1 defeat.
Gary Rowett will be hoping his men can find some form soon as slow starts can be hard to catch up from in the Championship and with only 1 home win so far this term, his charges will be eager to get a result for their home fans.
The Tigers have an identical record to Derby (2 wins, 2 defeats and an opening day draw) but sit 8th in the league due to their superior goal difference.
Their 4-0 home demolition of Bolton last time out is sure to provide them with plenty of confidence and Leonid Slutsky will be hoping they can claim their maiden away win of the campaign on Friday evening.
In Jarrod Bowen, Hull look to have one of the hottest properties in English football as the 20 year old has scored 4 goals in his first 5 games of the season and will be looking to add to his tally here.
Head to Head
This will be the 59th competitive between these two teams with Derby just edging the head to head record 22:20 with 16 drawn matches between these two ‘yo-yo’ clubs.
Hull were relegated back to the Championship last season but the 2 sides faced off 4 times in the 2015-16 season with Derby winning 3 of the 4 matches. Hull claimed the crucial win that season though that propelled them to the Championship play-off finals, where they defeated Sheffield Wednesday en route back to the Premier League.
Odds and Predictions
Hull in particular have scored plenty of goals this term and this looks like it could be an even match up.
Over 2.5 goals in the game is tempting at 21/20 with Coral.
As mentioned, Jarrod Bowen is in imperious form and is full of confidence at the moment.
Jarrod Bowen looks great value at 4/1 with Bet 365.
These teams are very evenly matched on paper and it could be a tight affair.
The match to be a draw at half time and full time looks good at 9/2 with Bet Victor.
Derby County 2 – 2 Hull City – 16/1 with William Hill.
Top Betting Tip
In front of the TV cameras this promises to be an entertaining clash.
Back both teams to score at 10/11 with William Hill.