Two footballing heavyweights line up against each other in the lunchtime kickoff as Derby take on Nottingham forest in the early kickoff from the Championship (KO 12:00).
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After a busy Saturday in the Championship, Sunday’s early kick sees a Midland derby as Nottingham Forest make the short trip via the A52 to take on Derby County.
Both sides will be looking for a result to keep in touch with the leaders, and with both Newcastle and Brighton both already winning this weekend, the pressure is really on to keep in touch at the top of the table.
Of course, Derby and Nottingham Forest share a common trait, their last league title in top flight football was delivered by one, Brian Clough, yet despite the link the pair share a strong rivalry, one regarded as one of the fiercest in English football.
The East-Midland derby this round is not about league titles it is about league position, in the Championship. Both sides are in fine form heading into the clash.
Derby, under the guidance of Steve McClaren, have climbed to 10th on the back of 5 straight wins. The Rams are just three points off fourth and could climb into the top 6 depending on results this weekend.
Forest meanwhile sit 15th in the table but are also bang in form with three wins and a draw from their last four. Their 25 point tally puts them within touching distance of the top.
Last time they showed their credentials with a 2-1 win over leaders Newcastle and a win over Derby would give the club renewed confidence heading into the Christmas period.
Four of the last six meetings has been settled by a single goal with three of those finishing 1-0. In home games Derby has won two and lost one, their 5-0 win in 2014 a stand out result.
Two men who has impressed for Forest are Nicklas Bendtner and 6 goal midfielder Henri Lansbury. Bendtner has 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 Championship starts and he scored the winner versus Newcastle.
The pair have been earmarked by McClaren as two to watch with the former England coach telling the Derby Telegraph “Lansbury is a very good player, a big player for Forest.
Adding “He [Bendtner] has the pedigree, he’s a good player, he scored goals at Wolfsburg and so he is a player we need to be very careful of. As you saw against Newcastle, he is capable of producing.”
It should be a cracking way to get Sunday’s action off to a flyer, with Derby the favourites to take all three points at home at a price of 5/6, while Nottingham Forest can be backed at a value looking price of 4/1.
The atmosphere should be electric, and it’s definitely the pick of the Championship fixtures this weekend.
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