, ‘Must respond’ – Derby County vs Blackpool prediction: The72

‘Must respond’ – Derby County vs Blackpool prediction: The72

The72’s writers offer their Derby County vs Blackpool prediction ahead of their League One clash on Friday afternoon.

The72’s writers offer their Derby County vs Blackpool prediction ahead of the League One clash on Friday afternoon.

Derby County head into this Good Friday fixture against Blackpool off the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat away from home against Northampton Town. In turn, they missed their chance to put pressure on the teams around them.

Sam Hoskins’ 23rd minute strike was enough to condemn the Rams to their first loss in five outings, with defender Sonny Bradley being shown a straight red card during the final moments of the match following a headbutt. Paul Warne’s side remain 2nd in the table, clear by four points, but their promotion rivals all now boast at least one game in hand.

Blackpool also lost their last encounter 1-0, falling to defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium to deal a blow to their play-off hopes.

Scott Smith’s goal was the difference maker on the day, with the Seasiders unable to come up with a response. Neil Critchley’s men are currently 9th in League One, three points off the top six as things stand.

Here, a handful of our writers make their predictions for the game…

Jacob Hackett

“Derby will be extremely disappointed with their last result and a bounce back will be required against Blackpool if they are to keep their momentum in the promotion race.

“The away side will not provide an easy fixture for Warne’s men, however, given they are trying to push into the top six themselves and will also be looking for a response from their recent defeat.

“Back on home soil, you would expect the Rams to put in a better display and cause Critchley’s side some trouble, though with injuries playing a part and their confidence slightly knocked, this could be a very even encounter.

“I can see both teams getting on the scoresheet, but neither doing enough to secure what would be a big three points.”

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James Ray

Derby County must respond to that Northampton loss with a win. They’re in a position where they can’t afford to slip up again this season, otherwise it could be another campaign that ends in huge disappointment.

Blackpool will be a tough test too. They’re a pretty inconsistent side but they can get results on the road and are still in the play-off fight, so they’ll be battling hard for a valuable three points too.

“It’s a tough one to call, but I think I’ll go for a home win. I reckon Derby County just snatch the win.”

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