FOLLOW Footballtips

Southampton v Derby County Tips – Saints to regain top spot

Adkins needs Saints to return to winning ways (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Southampton continue their pursuit of the Championship leaders when they welcome Derby County to St Mary’s on Saturday.

A disappointing run of form which has seen just one win since Boxing Day has led to Saints surrendering top spot to West Ham United, and Nigel Adkins’ men missed out on the opportunity to take it back in midweek, drawing at Upton Park. However, Southampton will have been pleased with that result as it means they have not lost more ground on West Ham, and a win over Derby County would see them hit the summit once more because the Hammers are not in action again until next Tuesday (Match Odds – Southampton 8/13, Draw 13/5, Derby County 5/1 @ William Hill).

St Mary’s has provided much comfort for the Saints this season, bringing 12 wins from 16 home games, and if they are to reignite their title challenge it is likely to come at this stadium (Championship Winner 4/1 @ SkyBet). The visit of Derby County could well be good timing because the Rams are now winless since beating struggling Coventry City a month ago, and with only four wins from 15 home games they are hardly great travellers.

The Rams have, however, become dogged at the back and Southampton will have to work hard to break them down. But in Billy Sharp (6/4 anytime goalscorer @ BetVictor) and Rickie Lambert (11/8 anytime goalscorer : BetVictor) they do have the strikers to do just that. Lambert leads the league with 16 Championship goals to his name, and four cup strikes, while newcomer Sharp is one of his challengers in the Golden Boot race having notched nine of his 10 goals while at struggling Doncaster Rovers (Lambert Top Goalscorer 6/4, Sharp Top Goalscorer 12/1 @ bet365).

It is hard to look past Saints in this one and a victory here will put the pressure firmly on West Ham to beat Blackpool when they return to action on February 21.

Recommended Bet:

Southampton To Win By One Goal – 11/4 @ bet365
comments powered by Disqus

All Championship Tips News

Recent Championship Tips Articles

  • Our season long Football League 2015/2016 promotion/relegation accumulator

    We love a season-long bet at Footballtips. Here's our Football League relegation and promotion sixfold for the upcoming 2015/2016 season....

  • Our Top 3 tips for Championship promotion next season

    This season's Championship was an enthralling one. Are we set for an equally brilliant campaign next year? Here are our top three early bets for promotion in the 2015/2016 season. ...

  • Our early predicted table for the 2015/2016 Sky Bet Championship season

    It may still be some weeks away, but we've plumped on an early prediction for the 2015/2016 Sky Bet Championship season. Find out who we're backing to lift the trophy this year....

  • Ipswich Town v Norwich City betting tips - East Anglian rivals face off in play-off semi

    The East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City is always a heated affair - but it's likely to be more heated than ever when the two face off in the Championship play-off semi-finals....

  • Brentford v Middlesbrough betting tips - Back the Bees to take the lead

    Brentford's play-off ambition was realised on the final day of the regular Championship season and now they'll be hoping to make the most of this opportunity as they welcome Middlesbrough on Friday night....

  • Play-off predictions - Who we think will win the Football League play-offs

    The regular season is done and dusted in the Football League but the play-offs offer a chance for three more teams to earn promotion - so which teams will be moving up a division in May?...

  • Wolves v Millwall tips - Hosts to do their bit in play-off push

    Wolves and Millwall go head to head on the final day of the Championship tonight and only a win will do as the hosts chase a play-off spot. Will they do their bit?...

  • Middlesbrough v Brighton & Hove Albion betting tips - Boro to gain play-off momentum

    Middlesbrough are looking to gain some momentum ahead of the play-offs by overcoming Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday....

  • Brentford v Wigan Athletic betting tips - Bees to keep pressure on play-off spots

    Brentford's play-off dream may be out of their own hands, but they'll want to keep the pressure on Ipswich and Derby by beating Wigan Athletic on Saturday....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Wolves v Hull City live streaming and betting tips - Tigers taken to edge Sunday lunchtime clash

    Hull City could be worth backing in the Sunday lunchtime clash of two clubs with high hopes of getting back up to the Premier League this season. ...

  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Nottingham Forest betting tips - The Football League returns in Sussex

    The Football League is finally back on Friday night as Brighton and Hove Albion welcome Nottingham Forest in front of the TV cameras at the Amex Stadium....

  • Preston North End v Middlesbrough betting tips - Boro to hit ground running in Lancashire

    Preston North End make their return to the second tier with a tough test against last year's Championship play-off finalists Middlesbrough at Deepdale on Sunday....

  • Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City betting tips - Ambitious Owls welcome newly promoted Robins

    A new-look Sheffield Wednesday side are looking to get their campaign underway with a victory this Saturday as they welcome last season's League One title winners Bristol City to Hillsborough....

  • Our Football League top goalscorer selections for 2015/2016

    With the season fast approaching, we have picked out a player from the three leagues below the Premier League that we can see earning the golden boot trophies in the Football League this season. ...

  • Leeds United v Burnley betting tips - War of the Roses in Football League curtain-raiser

    Relegated Burnley will make the relatively short trip to Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime to take on Leeds United in a mouth-watering opening day clash in the Sky Bet Championship. ...

  • Our top 3 Football League bets for opening weekend

    The Football League is back this weekend and we've picked out our top bet from each of the three divisions to make up a tasty treble. ...

  • 2015-16 Championship title odds - Tigers backed to bounce straight back

    Following their final day relegation from the Premier League in the 2014/2015 season, the bookies have made Hull City the early summer favourites to win the Championship next season....

  • Championship 2015-16 promotion odds - Paul Clement's Rams favourites for promotion

    Derby County have been installed as favourites to bounce straight back to the Premier League in 2015-16 following the appointment of ex-Real Madrid coach Paul Clement in the dugout....

More Stories


Claim your free bets


Share this with your friends

Your comments:

Southampton v Derby County Tips – Saints to regain top spot

Southampton continue their pursuit of the Championship leaders when they welcome Derby County to St Mary’s on Saturday.

Read more »