Our prediction for this League 1 match:
The Wham Stadium will host Saturday’s League One game between Accrington and Derby County, the two mid-table sides. The Accy Stanley suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Plymouth at the weekend, with the team dropping to 13th place in the standings. Since experienced midfielder Seamus Conneely misses the match through suspension, we are not tempted to put our money on the home side.
The Rams, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 defeat to Port Vale, and seeing that Accrington experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their last league match, away win should be considered. Keep in mind, though, that Ireland international James Collins is banned for the match following his sending off in the defeat to the Valiants. In their last meeting at the venue Derby County defeated Accrington thanks to Martyn Waghorn’s late goal.
Highlighted Player (Richard Stearman):
Born in Wolverhampton, England on August 19, 1987 Richard Stearman is a defender who represented the Three Lions at youth level. Stearman has four caps for England U21 team and he played nine games for the under-17 squad as well.
The 191-cm-tall footballer is a product of Leicester City football academy and he made his first-team debut with the club on October 30, 2004 in a goalless draw with Cardiff City. The English defender scored five goals in 211 appearances in the league for the Foxes before joining Wolverhampton in the summer of 2008.
He signed a four-year deal with the Wolves and he made his debut for the club on August 9, 2008 in a 2-2 draw with Plymouth. From 2015 to 2017 he played for Fulham and at the end of the 2016/2017 Championship campaign he joined Sheffield United. Richard Sterman’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as a right-back as well.
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.