16th October 2020 – 20:45, Pride Park, Derby

Derby County and Watford are going to open the 5th round of the Championship on Friday evening. The hosts are looking forward to improving their form, while the away side wants to keep up with the promotion battle.

Match Preview & Team News

Although they are considered one of the candidates for the promotion playoffs, Derby County cannot be content with their start. Their poor finish cost them the place in the playoffs last season, and the home side didn’t improve anything. The Rams eliminated Barrow from the EFL Cup only after the penalty shootout, and they tied four defeats in the next four games in all competition. The hosts finally booked their first points thanks to a narrow 1:0 victory away to Norwich. Phillip Cocu’s side has lots of troubles with converting their chances into goals, as the hosts scored only two times. On the other hand, the home side needs to tighten up its defense, which allowed two goals per match on average so far. Derby County needs to improve a lot if they want to challenge one of the top six spots.

Watford sits in seventh place on the table, and the visitors are five points behind the top two. Troy Deeney and the lads want to bounce back to the Premier League after being relegated last season, and they are on the right track to accomplishing their goals. The Hornets suffered their first defeat in the campaign against the top-placed reading in the latest round. Vladimir Ivic’s side plays very disciplined football. Although Watford managed to find the back of the oppositions’ net just twice so far, they conceded only one goal. The away side wants to get back on the winning track, although a tough challenge is ahead of them.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Derby county still has lots of troubles in their game, and Watford should be capable of capitalizing on them. We believe the visitors can get back home with all three points in their pockets.

Goals Market Prediction

Although the visitors have been involved in very low scoring matches so far, clashes between these two teams have been fascinating lately. In the last seven occasions, both teams scored, and all games went over 2.5 margin. We expect to see at least three goals once again.

Derby County vs Watford

Watford to win @ 2.25

Over 2.5 FT @ 2.15

Correct score 1:2 @ 9.00