Our prediction for this Championship match:
There will be fireworks when Swansea City and Derby County face each other at Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Swans failed to secure automatic promotion, but thanks to a 2-2 draw with Reading they booked their place in the playoffs. Swansea’s new goal is to finish the season in top three, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s game.
Both Lowe and Ayew managed to find the net in the Madejski Stadium clash, meaning that the opposition defenders should have the attacking duo at bay. The Rams, on the other hand, are desperate to put an end to their five-game losing run. Derby County want this win more than Swansea City as they are only four points clear of the relegation, but given their dreadful form in the season finale, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team.
Highlighted Player (Korey Smith):
After spending his youth career at Norwich City, Korey Smith made his first-team debut for the Canaries in January 2008 in the FA Cup clash against Charlton Athletic. Smith played 67 league games for Norwich City and he scored 4 goals for the club, but in 2013 he signed a two-year deal with Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder who was born on 31 January, 1991, scored one goal in 42 appearances for the club in the 2013/2014 campaign and on 27 June, 2014, he joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. It has to be noted that he won Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with the Robins in his first season with the team.
Korey Smith was born in Hatfield, England and he has two younger sisters, Alice and Harriet. Smith is a defensive midfielder, but he is capable of operating as central midfielder and right back as well. The Bristol City footballer also represented the likes of Barnsley and Yeovil Town (on loan) in the past.
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.