The East Midlands Derby as Nottingham Forest make the trip to Pride Park to take on Derby County in Sunday’s lunchtime Championship clash (KO 13:15).
It should prove to be a feisty affair.
Derby County host east Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest at Pride Park later this lunchtime in what is likely to be a fiery encounter.
With Wolves now topping the Championship table following their 2-0 home win over another Midlands based side, Aston Villa, the pressure is really on these two sides to keep in touch with the early season pace setters.
The Rams were among the favourites for promotion prior to a ball being kicked this season, but have endured a poor start by their standards and are currently seven points off the play off places with almost a quarter of the season gone.
Gary Rowett’s side are two points behind Forest in mid table and will be looking to get back to winning ways after holding league leaders Cardiff to a goalless draw before the international break.
As for Forest they’ve been a little hit and miss at times. Mark Warburton is slowly implementing an attacking style of play, which the Forest fans are taking a huge liking to.
But it’s their defensive frailties that have cost them so far this season.
And Warburton must solve those issues if they’re to climb the table and push for a playoff spot.
Forest ended a run of four straight defeats with victory over Sheffield United before the international break and will be looking to pick up where they left off.
They could be boosted by the return of four players with Matt Mills, David Vaughan, Matty Cash and Jamie Ward all in content to return to the first team squad.
Derby meanwhile will be without Bradley Johnson.
The midfielder is set to serve a one match ban for picking up five yellow cards. On the plus side for Derby and Rowett they have a number of attacking options to choose from including Chris Martin, Andreas Weimann, David Nugent and Matej Vydra – the latter has bagged eight goals in 7 league matches against Forest and is 7/4 to score anytime.
Forest have plenty in attack themselves. Daryl Murphy has 6 league goals already this season and looks a good bet to open the scoring on Sunday at 7/1.
With nothing to separate the two sides it’s a clash that could go either way. But goals should be assured with both teams looking decent in attack and dodgy at the back.
Therefore I strongly fancy BTTS NO Draw at 11/8.
It should prove to be an exhilarating clash and one not to be missed – it kicks off at 13:15.
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