Derby County hosts West Bromwich Albion in round 5 of English Championship. The match will be played on Saturday, August 24th at Pride Park (Derby)
The start of Derby County in the new Championship season is not great. The team, which really fought for access to the Premier League in the last season, won in four rounds only once, beating Huddersfield. But it lost only once to very unpredictable Bristol, which made a noise in the last season‘s cup, knocking out Manchester United. There were draws with Swansea and Stoke City - the teams, which recently played in the Premier League. I think that West Bromwich is a less serious opponent against their background.
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Yes, West Bromwich gained seven points in three starting rounds. But we must admit that the Throstles have a rather easy calendar at the beginning of the championship. Hence, we saw the victories over modest Nottingham Forest and Luton Town. But in a duel with stronger Millwall, Bromwich was able to play a draw at maximum. The visit to Derby County is going to be very hard. I do not think that the Throstles will be able to cling to even a draw.
It is very difficult to single out a favorite in almost all Championship matches at the start of the season. But in the last championship, Derby performed a lot more successful. Moreover, this match will take place in the home stadium. Besides, the hosts are over-motivated. After all, they cannot win three rounds in a row and have not gained a single victory in the home matches of the new season. In 2013, West Bromwich took away points from Derby for the last time. The Throstles lost three last head-head-head matches, and two of them were lost in the home field: 1-2 and 1-4. And the last visit to Derby County ended in a 1-3 defeat. I believe more in the victory of the hosts than in the success of the visitors.
Prediction for the match: Derby to win with 0.0 handicap