Could Be A Huge Night In Leeds For Derby
Derby have been in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs for most of the season but Frank Lampard could soon be setting bigger ambitions. The risk of recruiting a rookie manager seems to have paid off and DERBY are now just six points out of the automatic promotion places and now just 3/1 with Paddy Power to be promoted to the Premier League. Lampard had no managerial experience before taking over at Pride Park but a long career with Chelsea in particular and England meant he had a great contacts book and he is related by marriage to Harry Redknapp, the King of the Jungle. Tonight’s away match at Leeds is Derby’s biggest test of the season so far.
Lampard’s team are playing the league leaders who are five places and eight points ahead of them in the Championship table. The visitors have only won one of five league fixtures but Leeds have lost their last two matches. Leeds injury list grows day by day and they have conceded two goals in each of their last five matches. Derby have more strength in depth and follow the manager’s attacking forward thinking philosophy. Lampard will appreciate the significance of beating Leeds on their own ground and on EFL Cup form at Manchester United and Chelsea DERBY can make a statement by beating Leeds and that outcome is 29/10 with Coral.
The second round of the Sony Open provides some Friday evening three-ball betting. Dead heat rules apply if two or indeed three players return the same score over 18 holes. There was an industry tip on Patton Kizzire to win the tournament but he is six shots off the pace after day one. A big move is expected today which suggests KIZZIRE can outscore Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed at 8/5 with Paddy Power. The bet would have won in the first round yesterday.
There is a Fast Track Qualifier for the All-Weather Championships at Dundalk tonight (6.30). The one mile race on sand has attracted just seven runners but the winner earns a place in the mile final at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. A horse who was tried in Group contests last season without great success now races in handicap company. THEOBALD is a course and distance winner and the tip on ratings and form so should be backed at Evens with Coral.