Some Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to predict a defeat against Preston North End in typical fashion amid their superb record against the Lillywhites.
Derby host Preston at Pride Park this weekend in what should be a cracking game.
The Rams have won their last four home games in succession. Preston, meanwhile, are second in the table and have lost just one of their last 13 games.
Alex Neil’s side, however, have a woeful record against Derby. Preston are winless in 12 games against the Rams and have gone a decade since their last Pride Park win.
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The tide has turned somewhat since Billy Davies’s Preston defeated Derby in the 2003-04 playoff semi-finals. Back then, the Lancashire side had the upper hand.
But Preston last tasted victory at Derby in 2008 in the FA Cup. In the Championship, the run stretches back to 2002. It is quite remarkable.
Derby have a habit over the years of allowing the opposition to break bad runs.
Just last season, Aston Villa were on a run of five games without a win before thrashing Derby 4-0 at Villa Park. That helped Villa kick-start a run of ten straight wins.
In 2017-18, relegated Sunderland went ten games without a win before a 4-1 victory at Pride Park. And, going back to that 2014-15 campaign, Derby needed just a point on the final day to reach the playoffs. They lost 3-0 at home to a 19th-placed Reading side who hadn’t won in nine games.
Records are there to be broken. However, whether by luck or sheer coincidence, teams seem to regularly break the mould against Derby. Let’s hope Saturday is an exception.