Championship league leaders Norwich City are on the verge of winning the division and earning automatic promotion back to the Premier League. The Canaries can achieve promotion to the Premier League with five points from the last 18 on offer or with a win at Derby County and results elsewhere going their way this weekend.
Daniel Farke’s team have rebounded from their Premier League relegation last season. In contrast, Derby County have not had a great season. The Rams are eight points above the relegation zone and are fighting for their lives in the second division. Rotherham are in 22nd place and have four games in hand over Derby County. Meanwhile, 23rd place Sheffield Wednesday have a game in hand. Wayne Rooney’s team need to obtain points with just six games to go.
Derby County are coming off of a 3-1 loss to Reading. Three of their last five games in the Championship each ended in losses. Despite their current woes, Derby County claimed a 1-0 win at Carrow Road earlier this season. Rooney, still playing for the Rams, scored the game winner in the 87th minute.
The big news on Wednesday was of a takeover at Derby County. Owner Mel Morris has agreed to sell the club to No Limit Sports, a group “fronted by Spanish businessman Erik Alonso”. No Limit Sports had previously tried to buy Sheffield Wednesday. The EFL must now approve the deal before it is made official.
Derby County vs Norwich City Betting Odds
The Canaries took 14 points from the last 18 on offer. They allowed just three goals in the last six games while scoring 16 times. On matchday 40, Norwich City smashed Huddersfield 7-0 in the Championship. They were brilliant against the Terriers. Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick.
Leading sportsbooks have Norwich City at odds of 4/5 to win the match on Saturday at Pride Park. They have the best away points total in the Championship with 42 from 60 on offer. Just 18 goals have been allowed by Norwich City on the road. Norwich City lead the Championship in shots per game (15.9) and possession (58.7%).
Rooney’s Derby County took just five points from their last 18 on offer in the division. Goals have been difficult to come by. Derby County scored a mere five goals during their last six games in the league. Leading sportsbooks have Derby County at odds of 19/5 to win on Saturday and move away from the relegation zone.
The Rams have won just once in their last four games in the Championship. They are –4 in goal difference at Pride Park. Derby County are unbeaten in five straight games versus Norwich City dating back to 2017. Three of those five games finished in wins for the club.
Derby County vs Norwich City Team News
Rooney has five players suffering from injury heading into the weekend fixture. Forward Lee Gregory is a doubt due to a hamstring injury. He is likely to return at the end of April. Forward Martyn Waghorn is also suffering from a hamstring injury and may not return until the end of the month. The manager is also waiting on the return of winger Jordon Ibe. He too has a leg muscle injury. Ibe is a doubt for the weekend.
Derby County duo Krystian Bielik and Curtis Davies are ruled out of the game. Bielik has an ACL injury and won’t return until next season. Davies has an Achilles tendon injury which should keep him out until May.
Farke has several players suffering from injuries at Norwich City. Despite the injuries the manager has had to deal with of late, Norwich City are still winning games. Six players could miss the game this weekend. Goalie Michael McGovern is out of action following a knee injury. He will miss the remainder of the campaign.
Midfielder Lukas Rupp is a doubt due to a knock. Christoph Zimmermann is ruled out until May with a hamstring injury. Forward Adam Idah is ruled out with a hernia until May. Ben Gibson will miss the game and sit out until May with an ankle issue. Defender Sam Byram could return to the match following a hamstring injury.
Derby County vs Norwich City Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 7/8 - BET NOW
Three of the last five matches played by Norwich City finished with both teams scoring goals. Two of the last four Championship matches played by Derby County finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Norwich City can achieve promotion this weekend while Derby County need to win to inch further away from the bottom three.
Teemu Pukki to score anytime @ 5/6 - BET NOW
Pukki is coming off of a three-goal game against Huddersfield last weekend. The striker has 25 goals in 36 matches in the Championship this season. Pukki has dominated the Championship in two seasons playing with Norwich City in the division. While he struggled in the Premier league last term, he has thrived in the Championship. Pukki is fighting to win the league’s Golden Boot award. He is three goals behind Brentford’s Ivan Tooney.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1 - BET NOW
Three of Norwich City’s last six games in the league finished with over 2.5 goals scored. They smashed Huddersfield on matchday 40 by putting seven goals past the Terriers. It is unlikely that Saturday’s game will see a similar scoreline, but we could see more than 2.5 goals and both sides find the back of the net. Two of Derby County’s last four games in the league ended with more than 2.5 goals tallied.
Norwich City could earn promotion back to the Premier League with a win and results going their way elsewhere. Farke’s side have been excellent this term and are close to achieving their target of Premier League football. Derby County could still be sucked into the relegation zone. Rooney must find a way for the team to get points by any means.
Derby vs Norwich Tips
Here are our Debry vs Norwich tips for Saturday's Championship match at Pride Park.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 7/8
2. Teemu Pukki to score anytime @ 5/6
3. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 1/1
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