In a local affair, promotion-chasing Derby County welcome Burton Albion to Pride Park in Martin Paterson’s first match in charge of the Brewers in League One.
After a rocky start to the season, where manager Paul Warne came under increased pressure from the fans, Derby County now look to have got themselves back on track and sit just three points adrift of the top-two at time of writing.
A win on Monday night could see them leapfrog Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United into those automatic-promotion spots as the Rams look to continue their surge up the table.
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Derby County v Burton Albion
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AUG 2023 LEAGUE ONE Burton 0-3 Derby
APR 2023 LEAGUE ONE Derby 1-0 Burton
DEC 2022 LEAGUE ONE Burton 1-1 Derby
APR 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Burton 3-1 Derby
DEC 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-0 Burton
FEB 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 0-0 Burton
AUG 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Burton 1-0 Derby
Burton Albion started the season slowly, which led to manager Dino Maamria departing the club, and subsequently being replaced by highly-rated coach Martin Paterson who takes on his first managerial role.
Although it is somewhat of a gamble to hire someone who has never managed before, especially considering Burton are far from safe from the drop, Patterson comes in with good pedigree having worked alongside Michael Duff at both Barnsley and Swansea City.
This will be a tough first game for him but, as we know, the form book often goes out the window when it comes to derby matches. Burton will be hoping to upset the odds here.
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However, I do envisage this being a step too far for the Brewers. Derby are in good form and should have more quality than their opponents here.
Derby’s last three matches have produced over 3.5 goals and I expect the pattern of goals to continue. I am backing Derby and over 2.5 goals at 4/5 with starsports.bet.
BACK Derby and over 2.5 goals 3pts at 4/5 (⭐
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