Derby County vs Wolves U21 Prediction 08.11.2023

Derby County

Derby County

4 : 1

Wolves U21

Wolves U21

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  • Competition: EFL Trophy - Group A7
  • Date: Wednesday, 8th, November 2023
  • Kickoff: 19:00 UK / 20.00 CET
  • Venue: Pride Park (Derby)

Just one point from first entering the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy, Derby County welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers U-21s to Pride Park Stadium on Wednesday evening for the final match of the group stage.

The memory of the time when the Rams were English champions remains a distant past, as the club has grappled with a myriad of issues for years, both on the field and in their financial struggles. Last term, the squad from Pride Park let slip the last playoff-worthy spot, even though they had it in their hands, with a 0-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on the final day. However, with that failure, Derby did not get discouraged, but this season once again showed a huge desire to return to the Championship, but in order to remain competitive for some of the key positions, they will have to show greater consistency in form. While they currently sit just one place below the playoff line in League One with 24 points to their name, the club from the East of England is on the verge of a knockout stage spot in the EFL Trophy, having collected the maximum six points from the opening two matches of this tournament.

The League One outfit will conclude their section seven tie with a home clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers under-21s, who can qualify for the next stage if they grab at least a point in midweek, and if second-placed Lincoln are beaten by bottom side Notts County. While this scenario may seem nearly impossible, in small-scale tournaments like the EFL Trophy, nothing is ruled out until the final 90 minutes of the group stage are played. Interestingly, Wolves, unlike Derby County, boast significantly more pedigree in this tournament, having made it out of the group on three occasions in the previous four campaigns, including last season when they were knocked out by Man Utd U21s at the first elimination obstacle, after the penalty shootout, 1-4.

Derby County vs Wolves U21 Betting Tips: Under 3.5

Derby County is the favorite and that is as clear as day to everyone, but since a direct clash for one of the play-off places awaits them at the weekend, head coach Paul Warne will probably "shuffle the cards" and rest most of the holders for Barnsley. Given these circumstances, we'll steer clear of a definitive outcome and instead favor the 'Under' option, as we believe that even if the League One side emerges victorious, it will likely be by a narrow and low-scoring margin. After all, the Rams have not excelled in attack this term, signaling the need for improvement in that aspect of their game. They have failed to score more than two goals in 15 out of their 19 matches so far, and we see no reason for them to adopt an overly offensive approach on Wednesday. At the same time, we must acknowledge the recent home games for Derby have been defined by a robust and impregnable defensive wall, which has remained unbreached in six out of their last seven encounters at Pride Park. Taking into consideration the fact that Derby has not crossed the 3.5-goal line in a staggering eight out of their first nine home games, and that the young Wolves have similarly stayed below that mark in six out of their past seven competitive contests, we can conclude that the 'Under' selection holds potential value.

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Derby County vs Wolves U21 Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Derby County

    4 : 1

    Wolves U21

    EFL Trophy

Derby County

Derby County team news

With Jake Rooney, Liam Thompson, Joe Ward, Elliot Embleton, and Tyreece John-Jules unavailable due to injuries, Derby County faces a test of depth, and there is lingering uncertainty about the availability of Australian national team player Callum Elder.

The 31-year-old winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has exploded in the attack in recent weeks, finding the back of the net at least once in four consecutive matches across all competitions, making him a safe choice for Wednesday's starting line-up.

Last matches of Derby County

  1. Port Vale

    0 : 1

    Derby County

    League One

  2. Derby County

    2 : 1

    Bristol Rovers

    League One

  3. Derby County

    1 : 3

    Crewe Alexandra

    FA Cup

  4. Derby County

    3 : 0


    League One

  5. Derby County

    4 : 1

    Wolves U21

    EFL Trophy

Derby County lineup


  • 31

    Josh Vickers


  • 3

    Josh Vickers

  • 5

    Sonny Bradley

  • 6

    Eiran Cashin

  • 2

    Kane Wilson


  • 4

    Conor Hourihane

  • 17

    Louie Sibley

  • 7

    Tom Barkhuizen

  • 22

    Tyrese Fornah

  • 8

    Max Bird


  • 9

    James Collins

Wolves U21

Wolves U21 team news

Noting that his team has successfully navigated past a woeful season start, clinching all 10 points in the last five league fixtures, head coach Jamie Collins could field his usual XI, which has showcased outstanding development in recent weeks.

The 20-year-old midfielder, Tawanda Chirewa, has showcased his attacking prowess in recent Premier League 2 outings, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the last three matches.

Last matches of Wolves U21

  1. Wolves U21

    4 : 2

    Nice U21

    Premier League International Cup

  2. Wolves U21

    2 : 1

    Sparta Prague U21

    Premier League International Cup

  3. Wolves U21

    0 : 2

    Charlton Athletic U21

    Premier League Cup

  4. Derby County

    4 : 1

    Wolves U21

    EFL Trophy

  5. Wolves U21

    2 : 1

    Southampton U21

    Premier League 2 Division One

Wolves U21 lineup


  • 56

    Joe Young


  • 53

    Aaron Keto-Diyawa

  • 67

    Justin Hubner

  • 51

    Kam Kandola

  • 52

    Harry Birtwistle


  • 47

    Owen Farmer

  • 44

    Bruno Jordao

  • 65

    Matthew Whittingham


  • 79

    Owen Hesketh

  • 84

    Leon Chiwome

  • 62

    Tawanda Chirewa

3 Reasons why we expect Under 3.5

  1. Derby has managed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six home matches.
  2. Only one of Derby's last six home matches has seen more than three goals.
  3. Wolves U21 haven't crossed the 3.5 goals line in six of their last seven competitive matches.

Main prediction Derby County - Wolves U21

Under 3.5 goals



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Derby County & Wolves U21 current standing in EFL Trophy

Northern Group G P W D L
G - A
GD Pts
1 Derby County 3 3 0 0 8 - 2 +6 9
2 Lincoln City 3 2 0 1 4 - 2 +2 6
3 Wolves U21 3 1 0 2 3 - 7 -4 3
4 Notts County 3 0 0 3 2 - 6 -4 0

Derby County vs Wolves U21 - FAQ


Who is Derby County's player to watch?

With six goals scored this season, Martyn Waghorn is currently the top scorer for the Rams. However, he has missed the last three matches for unknown reasons.


Who is Wolves' U21 player to watch?

Owen Hesketh has been the standout performer for the away team this season, having scored five goals so far.