Kick-off: 1945, 10/08/2021
Stadium: Pride Park Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
There is a bit of extra spice associated with Derby’s EFL Cup tie against Salford due to links between former Manchester United teammates.
Rams head coach Wayne Rooney will be keen to avoid an upset versus City, who are part-owned by the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
League Two Salford prevailed 2-1 in a recent pre-season friendly, but Championship side Derby created the better chances.
We’re going for County to gain quick revenge at Evens for our first Derby vs Salford prediction.
A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds
Derby had to endure a turbulent summer due to a transfer embargo but put aside those problems to draw 1-1 with an admittedly Covid-hit Huddersfield in Saturday’s Championship opener.
They had been the more threatening side and deservedly went ahead in the 39th minute when Curtis Davies, who only re-signed on Friday, bundled the ball in.
A weakness at set plays was exposed again on the stroke of half-time when Sorba Thomas curled in a free-kick and Naby Sarr rose to head in, but Rooney was content with a point.
“I’m delighted for that group of players after what we’ve been through trying to prepare for this game,” the Derby manager said.
“This week has been tough, I haven’t been able to do it the way I would have liked, so for them to go out and put a good performance in and get a point is a real positive.”
The Rams have since signed midfielder Ravel Morrison and Rooney added: “He’s a quality player, he can add so much in terms of our creativity.”
Being low on numbers may be a blessing in disguise here, as Rooney does not have much room to rotate players.
Looking at the Derby vs Salford odds, we like 29/10 for County to oblige by any one-goal margin.
A Look At Salford City’s Betting Odds
Salford’s meteoric rise up the football ladder has stalled at League Two for a couple of years and Gary Bowyer will be under pressure to put that right this season.
Josh Morris and Matty Lund were among a number of new recruits brought in this summer in a bid to boost their promotion hopes.
Former Gillingham midfielder Matty Willock, who began his career at Old Trafford, marked his debut by equalising in a 1-1 draw with Orient first up.
The Ammies pushed for a winner, but O’s stopper Lawrence Vigouroux was in inspired form and Brandon Thomas-Asante had a goal ruled out for offside.
Salford do not have a good record in this competition, though, and Bowyer may make changes to his starting line-up, including veteran forward Ian Henderson being rested.
Let’s add 17/4 for Draw HT/Derby FT to our Derby vs Salford betting tips.
DERBY 1-1 Huddersfield – Curtis Davies
SALFORD 1-1 Orient – Matty Willock
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