DERBY VS BARNSLEY PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS
While the race for automatic promotion will get the headlines, this is one of the biggest games on the final day of the Championship season. It will be a huge 90 minutes for both teams and their fans and by Full-Time, there should be joy in at least one camp and perhaps both with the stakes high for both clubs.
Derby are bidding to get over the line and secure a place in the play-offs. The Rams have finished between 7th and 12th in four of the last six seasons and are desperate to avoid a repeat here. Realistically they only need a point to secure a place in the top six, with Preston the only side that looks capable of catching them in the battle for a play-off position now.
Both sets of fans at Pride Park will be listening out for scores from Deepdale where Preston host relegation threatened Burton. Barnsley start the day outside the drop-zone but only above the Brewers on goal difference. A win would guarantee their safety but they would leave themselves needing favours elsewhere should they fail to pick up all the points in the East Midlands.
Barnsley did pick up a vital 2-0 win over Brentford last weekend but they may struggle to back that up here. They’ve lost 59% of their away games this season and only three Championship sides have collected less points on their travels. Their recent away form has been particularly bad too, with all of their last 5 away games ending in defeat.
Derby haven’t been convincing in the last few months but they did find a performance when they needed it most to beat Cardiff 3-1 in their last home game. They backed that up with a solid point at Villa Park last weekend and will fancy they can complete the job here and secure a play-off place. They have a respectable 50% home win ratio and with Barnsley struggling for any kind of result away, backing a Derby Win looks the best bet here.
Going for Derby & Both Teams to Score could be worth considering too. The Rams haven’t convinced at the back of late and both teams have scored in their last four matches while 64% of Tykes away games this season have also seen both teams score.
Finally, backing Matej Vydra to score anytime might be worth a punt. The Czech international is going for the Championship golden boot and is the league’s joint top-scorer with 20 goals. He was only on the bench last time out but against weaker opposition, Derby may turn to their most reliable source of goals.