On 27 January, a confrontation will kick-off in the League 1, which is the third largest division in England, on the pitch of Pride Park. The match between Cheltenham and Derby County will take place.
Derby County, a renowned team, has been through some rough patches in recent years. Last year, the "Rams" were quite impressive, but they stumbled in the latter part of the season and failed to make the play-off for a return to the Championship, losing by 1 point.
In the 24th round, the team suffered a home defeat to Peterborough United (2:3). But the Rams managed to bounce back and snatch a victory over Fleetwood with a scoreline of 3:1. They also handed a defeat to Burton Albion with a 3:2 result. Their next outing was a goalless draw against Lincoln City. Unfortunately, they recently experienced a minimal loss to Reading in an immensely unpredictable contest.
The previous campaign in the third division saw them finish 16th. Currently, they're perched at the 22nd spot, which might relegate them to League 2.
In the 22nd round, the squad triumphed over Shrewsbury Town with a 2:0 scoreline. This was followed by a draw against Reading (2:2). Alas, they fell to Northampton Town by a small margin. Despite the setback, the boys caught everyone by surprise in the following match, securing a 2:1 victory over Portsmouth. In the last round, however, Cheltenham lost to Bolton (0:1).
The last direct confrontation between Cheltenham and Derby occurred on 7 October 2023. That encounter ended in a draw, with a score of 1:1.
Despite the recent setback, Derby remains one of the strongest sides in League 1 when on home turf. Cheltenham, on the other hand, may have improved their overall performance, yet on the road, they continue to underperform. Given this context, I recommend betting on Derby's triumph with a -1 handicap.
Given the teams' propensity for results-driven football, it's advisable to back a TO 2.5 total score.