League: ENGLAND: Championship – Play Offs – Semi-final
Match: 19:45 Fulham – Derby
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.30
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 2:0 WIN!!!


Four years ago, Derby suffered heartbreak in a play-off final defeat to QPR. Here, the ‘Rams’ are just one clean sheet away from a shot at redemption. In their way lies another west London side that has exactly the firepower needed to prevent them from getting to that Wembley showdown.
In terms of form, 2018 has been an unbelievable year so far for the hosts, who need to win by two clear goals to proceed after 90 minutes. October 31 remains the last time Fulham lost to Championship opposition. Since then, the ‘Cottagers’ (FUL) have taken 38 home points from the last 42 available. Nine of the 12 wins gained in that sequence also yielded a clean sheet for Fulham.
While Derby’s good away performances outweighed the bad during the regular season, they are currently on a minor slump in terms of away form. The east midland side has taken just a single point from the last nine available (D1, L2), and each of the last five away defeats suffered by Derby have come by a margin of 2+ goals that would send them crashing out here.
Derby manager Gary Rowett has challenged his charges to improve further on their resilient showing against Fulham, stating: “We know Fulham are a good side and it’s that conundrum of trying to press them too high and I thought defensively, we were very, very disciplined.”
Players to watchCameron Jerome (DER) scored the winner in the first-leg, taking his tally for the season to seven goals.
Oliver Norwood (FUL) netted in the regular season’s corresponding fixture (1-1). One more goal will see him beat his personal best of five Championship goals in a season.
Stat attack: Taking all competitions into account, a 5-2 EFL Cup win here is Derby’s only victory at Craven Cottage since December 1969.
Five of the last six matches between the sides have seen both teams score. Additionally, Fulham have scored first in seven of their last ten matches.