Our prediction for this Championship match:
Hull City will be hosting Derby County this Saturday at the KCOM Stadium. The Rams have started well, opening up the Championship season with a 2:1 away win at Reading. After that they slumped to two defeats but have managed to bounce back with two wins in the last two matches, against Ipswich Town and Preston North End. They are currently sixth in the table, level on points with Sheffield United. Hull City are not having a good start to the season, registering only one win so far, away at Rotherham United. They are sixth from the bottom in the Championship standings. They will have to play without Evandro who got a red card in the game against Stoke City. The key player for the Rams will be Tom Lawrence, looking to add to the three goals he scored this season already. We expect Hull to hold on and get a point from this game.
Highlighted Player (Nouha Dicko):
Nouha Dicko is a Malian footballer who was born in Saint-Maurice, France. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well, started his youth career at Creteil-Lusitanos. In 2007 he was spotted by Strasbourg scouts and later that year he joined the Stade de la Meinau outfit.
Nouha Dicko made his first-team debut for Strasbourg against Stade Plabennecois in September 2010, but he made no more than three league appearances for the club. In 2011 he signed for Wigan Athletic, but he did not play in the league for the Latics. Dicko was eager to change the club and on 27 January he joined Blackpool on loan. After ending his loan spell with Blackpool, he signed a loan deal with Wolverhampton, but he played no more than four league games for the Wolves in the 2012/2013 campaign.
He then played for Rotherham United on loan, but he quickly returned to Wolverhampton, which was probably the best decision of his career. Dicko regained a much-needed confidence and it has to be noted that he scored 13 goals in 19 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 season. Dicko has 2 caps for Mali.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County is 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.