Our prediction for this Championship match:
Deepdale Stadium will host the match between Preston and Derby County. The Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 loss to Reading in the opening match of their Championship campaign and they were beaten by Fulham in their first home game of the season. Preston head into Tuesday’s football game against Derby County with the lack of confidence and that is the main reason why we are not tempted to put our money on the hosts this time out. Derby County are desperate to return to the Premier League and every single match is of big importance for the Rams. Derby played out a goalless draw with Brighton in their opener, while suffering a 2-0 loss to Barnsley at the weekend, but they are certainly capable of finding the net in Tuesday’s clash against the out-of-sorts Lilywhites. Taking everything into account, we predict that Derby are going to record their first win of the season on Matchday 3.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites.
On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level.
Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
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.