The Championship play-off final is often seen as the richest game of football due to the funds that come with being in the English top flight. With the two sides claiming their spot in the final almost two weeks ago, there will be no excuses for being unprepared.
Derby were the first to secure their place in the final after a dominant display over two legs against Brighton. Steve McClaren's men won 6-2 on aggregate.
A battling 2-1 win at the Amex was followed up with a typical Derby display at the iPro Stadium as the Rams cruised into the final. With seven wins in their last eight matches, Derby come into this fixture in fine form and are the bookmakers favourites to triumph. Paddy Power price them at 7/5 (2.40) to win the match.
QPR had to overcome the disappointment of fading away in the last few months of the season and not securing a top-two finish.
With the Rs beating a solid Wigan side in the play-offs in extra-time, they will be confident of promotion coming into this fixture, despite not being in the greatest form. Harry Redknapp's side had only won three matches of eight before playing Wigan in their semi-finals, but goals from the returning Charlie Austin sent them to Wembley.
Talisman Austin had been a huge miss for QPR in the final third of the season, and has returned from injury at the vital time. Paddy Power price them at 2/1 (3.00) to win the match, with the same firm pricing the draw at 9/4 (3.25).
After a dissapointing start to the season, Derby were looking to be heading for another mid-table campaign under Nigel Clough. However, the introduction of former QPR coach McClaren turned their fortunes around in September. Since his appointment, the Rams have won a remarkable 24 of 38 Championship matches.
With Derby coming into this match in form, it's no surprise they enter the match as favourites in the match odds maket. However, it's worth looking else where for a price that sticks out in this clash.
Whereas the over 2.5 goals bet at 6/5 (2.20) is tempting with Paddy Power, having paid out in six of Derby's last eight, the fact it's landed in only three of QPR's last eight means it's worth taking a step back from this price.
A bet that does stand out is Derby to score two or more goals in the match at 7/5 (2.40). With the likes of Chris Martin, Patrick Bamford, Craig Bryson and Johnny Russell in fine scoring form this season, it's seen this bet land in seven of their last eight fixtures. With QPR conceding 12 goals in their last nine games, with only one clean sheet, it's worth backing goals from the Rams in the final.
|Derby County to score two or more goals for a 2.5pt stake at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power
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