Our match prediction:
Despite producing a fine display against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in their Championship opener, Burton Albion eventually suffered a 4-3 loss to the Reds. Nigel Clough’s men recorded their first win of the season against Sheffield Wednesday, with the team beating the Owls 3-1 in front of home fans and they managed to pick up one point from Saturday’s football match against Blackburn Rovers. Burton Albion obviously produce much better displays on home soil and, no doubt, they are capable of matching Derby County in the opening match of day 5 of the new Championship campaign. The Rams managed to keep their third clean sheet of the season at the weekend as they played out a goalless draw with Aston Villa and we predict that the visitors are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Pirelli Stadium clash. Taking everything into account, under 2.5 goals should be scored in Friday’s game.
Highligted Player (John McLaughin):
John McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Burton Albion. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since. John McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship. John McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.