FootyMAD's Derby County match preview

Last updated : 15 January 2005 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Derby County v Sunderland fixture

Sunderland face a trip to Derby County at Pride Park at lunchtime on Sunday, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Black Cats will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them lose 35 and win only 13 of the 65 games.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in September 2003, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a League Division One match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Sat 02 OctSunderland0 - 0Derby CountyCHMP
2003/2004Sat 27 MarSunderland2 - 1Derby CountyCHMP
2003/2004Sat 20 SepDerby County1 - 1SunderlandCHMP
2001/2002Sat 11 MaySunderland1 - 1Derby CountyPREM
2001/2002Sat 09 FebDerby County0 - 1SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Sat 03 FebDerby County1 - 0SunderlandPREM
2000/2001Sat 16 SepSunderland2 - 1Derby CountyPREM

Recent respective form guides

Derby County have managed to pick up just two wins from their last six home games, losing three, The Rams's have scored 7 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 8.

The away form of Sunderland however, is much more impressive, picking up four victories from the last six. The Black Cats's have a narrow positive goal difference over these games, with 8 goals for and 6 against.

Derby County lie just outside the playoff positions in the Coca-Cola Championship, picking up 42 points from their 28 games so far. Sunderland are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 50 points from 28 games.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

Black Cats's decent recent efforts out on the road should see them narrowly take the spoils from the match with Derby County, believes the FootyMad team. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Derby County 5 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 7 .
Sunderland 8 games since last away draw.