Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a 4-0 crushing of Cardiff City, Swansea City will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Derby County on Saturday afternoon. The Swans have been in a splendid form of late, with the team beating all Peterborough, Cardiff, and Millwall, while sharing the spoils with Birmingham City. Russell Martin’s men, though, seem to have started their engines late, and, as a result, they will not take part in the playoffs.
Keep in mind, though, that there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. The Rams, on the other hand, will find it hard to secure the Championship survival due to the 20-point deduction. Wayne Rooney’s men showed character in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Preston, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wales. Anyhow, both teams to score betting option should be considered as both sides impressed in their last league fixtures. Max Bird is banned for the visitors as he was sent off at the weekend.
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.