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Tom Carnduff has 13/5 and 4/1 tips for the Sky Bet Championship play-off clash between Derby and Fulham on Friday night.


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2pts Ryan Sessegnon to score anytime at 13/5

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Derby County v Fulham (Sky Sports Main Event, 1945 BST)

The mouth-watering Sky Bet Championship play-offs get under way in the East Midlands on Friday night as Derby welcome Fulham to Pride Park.

Fulham have enjoyed a terrific season that saw them narrowly miss out on automatic promotion to the Premier League, but a talented-team could help them to progress through the play-offs and Ryan Sessegnon will be key.

The 17-year-old has been attracting the interest of a number of Europe's top clubs, with his 15 goals and six assists taking Fulham into the play-offs.

He's available at 13/5 to strike anytime on Friday night, which for me looks tremendous value given his impact so far this season.

Fulham are understandably the odds-on 1/2 favourites to make it to Wembley and Slavisa Jokanovic's men will be full of confidence after their regular season campaign.

They'll be hopeful of securing a first-leg lead, with the defeat to Birmingham breaking their five-game winning run away from home.

Derby on the other hand, have been hit-and-miss when it comes to playing in front of their own fans and have won three and lost three in their last six at home.

Slavisa Jokanovic will be hoping to lead Fulham to the Premier League
Slavisa Jokanovic will be hoping to lead Fulham to the Premier League

For me, visiting Fulham look tempting at 6/4 given the two sides' recent form, although Derby are available at 23/10 if you fancy them to cause a bit of an upset.

I'd fancy Fulham for victory, and combining the win with Ryan Sessegnon to strike anytime and the Cottagers to win gives a price of 7/2.

The last meeting between these two at Pride Park was a 2-1 win for Fulham, with both Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic getting themselves onto the scoresheet in the first half.

Since that game at the beginning of March, Fulham have struck at least one goal in the second half of all five of the away games they've played, with three of those games seeing two or more in the second 45.

Having Fulham to score over 1.5 goals in the second-half is best priced at 4/1, a real possibility given their track record and the fact that they struck three in the second-half against Millwall, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs to Derby.

This should be a highly-entertaining game between two of the Sky Bet EFL's finest sides, and it does have the ingredients to potentially the best tie of this season's post-season play-offs.

I'm looking at Fulham as the team that can progress over the two legs.

Score prediction: Derby County 1-2 Fulham (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)

Best bet: Ryan Sessegnon to score anytime at 29/10

Alternative bet: Fulham to score over 1.5 goals in the second half at 4/1


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