Stoke City vs Derby County England – Championship Date: Thursday, 30 December 2021 Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET Venue: bet365 Stadium.
Derby County has now reached the halfway mark of their Championship campaign with back to back wins. With half of the season remaining and a country mile separating them from the 21st position, the club needs a significant remainder of the season to stay up.
Stoke City meanwhile will head into the fixture having not competed in the last twenty days. Winning the games in hand would take the team comfortably into the position for the playoffs.
The Potters were last seen in a goalless draw at home against Middlesbrough. This was the third time the club dropped points in four fixtures, having lost twice earlier in that period.
Thus through seven points from the last five league fixtures, the club is eighth in the league, a point behind the 6th place side.
The Rams on the other hand grinded out a 1-0 win at home against Championship newcomers West Brom in their most recent fixture.
The team’s impressive defensive display has continued and has delivered them with crucial points despite not scoring goals as often.
Stoke City vs Derby County Head-to-head
SCFC has just a win against this side in their previous six meetings.
At least one of the sides have failed to score in four of their last six duels.
Their h2h fixture earlier this season ended 2-1 in favour of Derby.
The visitors have just a win in their last six visits to this venue.
Stoke City vs Derby County Prediction
The hosts are not having their best run of games at home recently as they have dropped ten points in five fixtures. However, with just two losses for the side at home this season and with them taking on a club that has not won away from home since August, expect a win for Stoke.
High scoring fixtures for Derby has become a rarity recently, with just one of their last nine away games involving more than two goals. To add to that, seven of the last eight matches at this venue have seen two or fewer goals. Hence I have backed under 2.5 goals in the fixture.