Peterborough – Derby Predictions
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Peterborough 2-1 Derby
Date: 14.08.2021 | Match at: 12:30 | League: ENGLAND: Championship – Round 2 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.40 | Bookie: Unibet.
Peterborough – Derby Match Preview
- Newly promoted as League One runners-up, Peterborough received a hostile welcome to the Championship as they were hammered 3-0 by Luton in their season opener, and then thrashed 4-0 here by lower-league Plymouth in the cup during midweek. Their new recruits will have to help the squad adapt fast in order to avoid an emulation of the last season that the ‘Posh’ played in the Championship (2012/13) where they lost their first seven games en-route to relegation.
- Peterborough were one of only two Championship teams who failed to score on the opening day of this season, but they scored a league-high number of goals at home (2.26 on average per game) in League One last term. Mainly because of this rich output, they dropped only two points of 27 when winning at HT at the Weston Homes Stadium (W8, D1).
- Still building a squad under difficult circumstances, Derby County boss Wayne Rooney saw his side lead for less than eight minutes against Huddersfield (1-1) on day one. As such, he can but hope that Derby will add positively to a reasonably strong record across their previous 11 away league campaign openers (W5, D3, L3).
- However, the ‘Rams’ are winless in their last nine road games (D1, L8), ending the 2020/21 season as their league’s joint-lowest away scorers. They averaged a paltry 0.7 goals per Championship trip, and this further fuels expectations that Derby could record a third consecutive away defeat vs Peterborough.
- Players to watch: Peterborough are undefeated when attacking midfielder Sammie Szmodics has found the net for his team (W12, D2), while Colin Kazim-Richards has seen five of his eight league goals for Derby serve as match openers. Additional kudos goes to Derby’s Richard Stearman, who started last week’s opener vs Huddersfield despite transferring only the night before!
- Hot stat: Seven of the last nine newly-promoted Championship teams have seen their opening home games stand level at the break (HT: W2, D7).