Our football match prediction:
Wednesday’s football game at iPro Stadium pits together Derby County and Burton Albion, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the second half of the season. The Rams aim to bounce back from a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Cardiff City and a victory over Burton would see them keep their hopes of booking their place in the Championship play-offs alive. It is well known that Steve McClaren’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that experienced attacker Darren Bent has found his goal-scoring touch of late, we predict that the Rams will put an end to their three-game winless run in the league. Unlike Derby County, Burton Albion’s main goal is to secure the Championship survival, but that is easier said than done. The Brewers managed to beat Norwich City on home soil at the weekend, but their performances on the road leave a lot to be desired and the relegation strugglers are unlikely to spoil Derby’s party at iPro Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Richard Keogh):
Richard Keogh is an English player, who has a deal with Derby County. The 188-cm-tall defender started his senior career in 2004 as he signed for Stoke City, but he was immediately sent on loan to Vikingur. After making nine appearances for the Icelandic club, he joined Bristol City in 2005. Keogh made his Bristol City debut on 3 September, 2005 in a goalless draw with Colchester United. The Derby County defender then spent several seasons on loan at Wycombe, Huddersfield, Carlisle and Cheltenham before signing a permanent deal with Carlisle. Richard Keogh signed a three-year deal with Coventry City and he made 46 appearances for the club in the 2010/2011 Championship campaign. Keogh played 45 games for Coventry in the 2011/2012 season and on July 2012 he joined Derby County. The defender made 178 appearances for the Rams until the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and he netted one goal for the iPro Stadium outfit. Keogh made his Republic of Ireland debut on 6 February, 2013 in a friendly game against Poland.
Highlighted Team (Burton Albion):
Burton Albion are one of the four clubs that secure promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. The Brewers welcome their rivals at Pirelli Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2005. The capacity of the stadium is 6,912, while the seating capacity of the venue is 2,034. Burton Albion won the FA Trophy in 1987, with the team winning Football League Two in 2015. During the club’s non-League period, the Brewers’ local rivals were Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Stafford Rangers and Gresley Rovers, but while they were playing in the Football League the club’s rivals were Crewe, Port Vale, Notts County and Chesterfield. Derby County are considered Burton Albion’s rivals as well, but the rivalry with the Rams is rather friendly. The colour of Burton Albion’s home kit is black and yellow, while they wear white and grey jerseys on the travels.