Kick-off: 1230, 14/08/2021
Stadium: Weston Homes Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Peterborough have made a shocking start to the new season and may be content to just steady the ship when hosting Derby in the Championship.
The Rams were plagued by off-field problems over the summer but seem ready to knuckle down and fight for their survival.
We reckon 21/10 for these teams to share the spoils is the way to go with our first Peterborough vs Derby prediction.
A Look At Peterborough United’s Betting Odds
Peterborough ended an eight-year absence from the second tier after sealing a fourth promotion under manager Darren Ferguson.
They were top scorers when finishing second in League One last term and former striker Jack Marriott and midfielder Jorge Grant are among their new arrivals.
However, any pre-season optimism has been rocked by losing 3-0 at Luton in their Championship opener and then going down 4-0 to Plymouth in the Carabao Cup.
Ferguson admitted he was “embarrassed” by the midweek drubbing on home turf, stating: “We never got started, never got the tempo going.
“I was surprised, shocked, embarrassed – it was a real spanking, I’ve got to be honest. I’ll take that one on the chin.
“Maybe we shouldn’t have started with that formation, but in saying that, the goals we’ve conceded are too soft and that is a big problem.
“We need to toughen up very, very quickly – we look far too easy to play against.”
Other captures, such as Shrewsbury midfielder Oliver Norburn, Exeter winger Joel Randall and Colchester youngster Kwame Poku should soon settle.
Posh also have a few injured players on the way back, including Marriott, and 18/5 for a score draw appeals from the Peterborough vs Derby odds.
A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds
Derby manager Wayne Rooney was worried about being able to field a full team not too long ago but the Rams have rallied to begin their campaign in decent fashion.
Curtis Davies netted in a 1-1 Championship stalemate with Huddersfield and Salford were shaded in a Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out on Tuesday after an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Rooney was quite emotional after seeing a young team sneak through that tie, having come from 2-0 and 3-2 behind in normal time.
The rookie head coach said: “Last season, staying up was massive for everyone, but tonight is the proudest moment I’ve had as a manager.
“I think the situation we’re in and the pressure on those young lads, I’m so proud of them in the second half.
“For the fans who were here and the ones who watched at home, I think they can all be proud of the team.”
Former Manchester United trainee Ravel Morrison capped his debut for County with a late strike and should benefit from that outing.
More of the same spirit here would make 11/2 for a 1-1 draw worth adding to our Peterborough vs Derby betting tips.
PETERBOROUGH 0-4 Plymouth
DERBY 3-3 Salford (5-3 on pens) – Isaac Hutchinson, Colin Kazim-Richards (pen), Ravel Morrison
Head-to-head: Derby 3-1 Peterborough, Peterborough 3-0 Derby
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