Our prediction for this Championship match:
Derby County will be aiming to extend their winning run to five games when they face Preston on Wednesday evening. Derby continue where they left before the coronavirus football break, with the team keeping their Championship hopes alive. The Rams are high on confidence ahead of the midweek fixture, and, no doubt, they are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration.
As before, a man to watch in the away team will be former Man Utd captain Wayne Rooney, who found the net from the penalty spot in the 2-1 win over Reading. The Lilywhites, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Cardiff City. Preston do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Matchday 40; therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the high-flying Rams.
Highlighted Player (Ben Pearson):
Ben Pearson is a product of Manchester United football academy who plays for Preston North End as a midfielder. The 174-cm-tall footballer did not enjoy first-team football with Man Utd and, as a result, he signed a loan deal with Barnsley in the winter of 2015.
Ben Pearson made his professional debut on January 10, 2015 in a 2-0 win over Yeovil Town. Speaking of his first senior goal, Pearson found the net against Port Vale on January 31, 2015. The talented midfielder, who was born in Oldham, England on January 4, 1995, currently plays for Preston North End in the Championship.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. It has to be noted that Ben Pearson represented England U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 teams in international matches. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Derby):
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.