Fulham v Derby Tips: Rams can edge through in tight Thames tussle

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Fulham have it all to do when they take on Derby County in the second-leg of their Championship play-off semi-final this evening.

The Cottagers were downed 1-0 at Pride Park on Friday night by Cameron Jerome’s first-half header.

It leaves them with an uphill task at Craven Cottage as they bid to win their first ever play-off game at the eighth attempt.

The West Londoners have gone down to Bristol Rovers, Grimsby Town and Reading in the past. Could they be about to add Derby to that list?

Slavisa Jokanovic’s men are 7/10 to win inside 90 minutes. You can back the Midlanders to make it four victories in their last five matches at 4/1.

However, it could be worth considering the draw. The last three meetings between the sides in West London have ended all square. It’s 27/10 for that scenario to occur again tonight.

On that basis, you can the 1-1 scoreline at 6/1, which would also see Gary Rowett’s men qualify for the final at 5/6.

Jerome was the hero for the Rams last week.

The ex-Norwich City forward now has five goals in his last four matches. He’s 14/5 to net Anytime on the banks of the Thames. You can get 8/1 about the powerful forward to Score First.

And what about the hosts?

Aleksandar Mitrovic was well-shackled by the County defence at Pride Park on Friday. He’s 21/20 to bounce back with a goal Anytime.

The closest the Cottagers came to a goal in the first-leg was through Kevin McDonald. The midfielder was unlucky not to find the net with a sumptuous effort which smacked the bar from 20-yards-out.

He’s 9/2 to make amends for that effort in the Anytime market.

In what will likely be a tight match, it could also be worth looking at the Over/Under market.

Six of Fulham’s last nine matches have produced two goals or less. Five of Derby’s last six away matches conform to the same statistic.

It’s 10/11 for there to be Under 2.5 Goals tonight. You can double up on that market and back the Draw and Under 2.5 Goals at 12/1.

Click here for more Fulham v Derby County odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.