Match date: 26 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Other Football
| Stake: 7/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
2-0 - Won
Derby will host Fulham in 23rd round of English Championship. Derby is in great shape and they are coming here after six matches without defeat, most recently they achieved narrow victory over Ipswich on the road while before that celebrated at home against Bristol City with convincing 4:0. They are currently at 2nd position at the table with two points less than first placed Middlesbrough. Derby ended previous season at 8th position and they have failed to reach at least play offs for promotion but if they continue with results like so far they now have good chances to win direct promotion and finally find their ticket for English Premier league. Derby is playing great offensive football, so far they scored 33 goals while also did a great job in defense and conceded 13. So far in this season Derby suffered only three defeats, two in league and one in Capital One Cup where they were eliminated by Portsmouth. Derby is in great shape and they are for sure one of the main candidates for the title and for sure will give their best to achieve another positive outcome in front of their fans. As for absent players attacking midfielder Will Hughes and defender Jake Buxton will miss this match due to injuries.
Fulham on the other side occupies 18th position at the table, six points above relegation zone, and they must improve their form in order to reach safe zone. They are in pretty bad shape in this season and now coming to this match after 8 matches without victory. Fulham must try to find their form and get back on the track as soon as possible in order to avoid dropping into relegation zone, but now they have a very difficult task to earn some points against maybe strongest team in league. So far they showed goo attacking skills and with 36 goals scored are most effective team in league but they must improve their defense since conceded 39 goals, most in entire league. They are struggling to find consistency in their game and if they don't change something in their game it will be very hard to keep their Championship status for the next season. Fulham has negative record in duels with Derby, in last five matches they suffered two defeats, got two draws and celebrated once in their last duel in previous season at home 2:0, but it will be very hard to repeat that result here against very confident Derby. Defender Jack Grimmer and goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli will stay out of action for this match due to injuries.
Derby is in great shape, they will for sure go for a victory here and try to continue with good results and keep up with league leaders while Fulham despite they showed great attacking skills and scored most goals in league are down to a 18th position and they had a lot of defensive gaps, that part of their game they must improve most and it will be very hard to save their net here against strong side such as Derby, I expect that hosts will achieve convincing victory here.