Derby County lead this Championship play-off semi-final 1-0 from last week’s first leg, though there is still a long way to go before they can think about reaching the Premier League for the first time since 2007/08. Next week’s final takes place at Wembley and the winners of that will guarantee millions of pounds will be heading their way, but the Rams still need to go to Craven Cottage and get a result.
Fulham finished third in the regular 46-game season and were just two points from gaining automatic promotion. They did so with the second fewest defeats as well as an excellent attacking record. Nonetheless, they will have to score at least once at home on Monday night if they are to stand a chance of advancing.
Prior to their defeat to Birmingham City on the last day of the season, the Cottagers had been unbeaten since December in the league, so Slaviša Jokanović will be desperate for his squad not to run into trouble at the most crucial part of the campaign. Even if they can overturn the one-goal deficit, the Londoners will have to go up another gear if they are to beat the winners of the other semi – which will be Aston Villa or Middlesbrough – in the final.
Derby County, in contrast to their opponents, only just got into the play-offs and finished sixth, marginally ahead of Preston North End despite a three-game losing spell in April. Gary Rowett’s side have a respectable defensive record, though, and they know that a clean sheet at Craven Cottage would send them to Wembley.
Tipbet has a top range of odds markets across all remaining English competitions, including Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Chelsea. For Monday night’s crucial meeting Tipbet have over 60 markets to choose from with the odds heavily in favour of Fulham. The hosts are available at 1.65 to win on the night, with both teams finding the net at 1.80.
County are given long odds to build on their 1-0 lead, but at 5.25 they should not be ruled out, with a 3.90 draw enough to see them go through. View all the other markets here.