After Sheff Wed took a significant step to the playoff final last night with a 2-0 home win, attention now turns to Pride Park Stadium this lunchtime as Derby take on Hull City (KO 12:30)
Both these sides have Premier League pedigree and it should be a definite nail biter as Steve Bruce and Darren Wassall look to take a lead into the second leg. Don’t forget Bet365 have live in play plus a live feed of the match.
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Derby County and Hull will meet on Saturday hoping to put one foot in the Championship play-off final.
Hull warmed up for the clash with a 5-1 win over Rotherham, Jake Livermore among the scorers with two goals. Robert Snodgrass and Mo Diame also got on the score-sheet, emphasising the attacking talent available to Steve Bruce.
While there is goals in the Tigers midfield, the two meetings this season suggest that Derby have the measure of their rivals.
The first meeting between the pair at the KC Stadium ended 2-0 to the Rams with Jason Butterfield grabbing both goals while it was even more emphatic in the return fixture with Derby scoring four goals without reply, two of which came in the last six minutes.
Despite their previous results this season, Bruce is confident about his side’s chances in the play-offs, telling reporters ‘This is what we’re all in football for, to be involved in the big occasions and there’s none bigger than the play-offs because of the prize at the end of it,’
‘It’ll be tough, nervy, edgy…but the play-offs are a great spectacle and great games to be part of. I know I’ve got big players here, who’ve played on the big stage and the big occasions before. I’m really hoping that will stand them in good stead, the fact they’ve played at the big stadiums and in those big games.
‘We have a lot of Premier League experience in the XI, plenty of players who’ve played there and five or six who’ve played in finals. They are used to these occasions and I’m hoping that gives us the advantage which everyone looks for.’
Hull City have no new injury concerns for the trip to the iPro while George Thorne misses out for Derby after suffering a double leg break last weekend.
Derby finished the season with a disappointing loss at home to Ipswich, the defeat coming on the back of two draws, although Darren Wasall’s side are favourites to take the win today, at odds of 6/4.
Hull are a handy price of 5/2 to take a win back to the KC Stadium, while predictably, Sheffield Wednesday have been heavily backed to return to the Premier League, into 13/8 following their impressive 2-0 win over Chris Hughton’s Brighton side last night.
Whatever the result today, there’s still plenty of work to be done for all sides involved, with the priceless prize of beginning next season in the Premier League up for grabs.
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