Derby County’s resurgence under Steve McClaren continues, with the Rams now just three points off the Championship play-offs. And they look set to add an Emirates FA Cup run to their season’s excitement, as they visit a Leicester City side in freefall.
The Rams were unfortunate not to finish the Foxes off in the first meeting, with Wes Morgan’s goal giving Claudio Ranieri’s side a get-out-of-jail card – and victory in that game would have made it three victories in the last four for County.
They’ve been in strong form in the Championship, winning 3-0 at Ipswich and 3-2 against high-flying Reading in recent weeks, with their victory at Portman Road making them the first side to score three or more against the Tractor Boys in 18 games.
By contrast, only their trip to the iPro Stadium yielded anything from Leicester’s last five games. They lost the others to Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley and Manchester United without scoring a single goal, conceding ten in the process.
That means Derby to win to nil could prove a very savvy bet at odds of 11/2.
McClaren’s men have regularly done just that this season, with 1-0 by far their most common winning scoreline this season, having already cropped up seven times – and it’s 9/1 that they win 1-0 again at the King Power Stadium.
One man in fine goalscoring form for the visitors is Darren Bent. The 33-year-old has netted in five of his last nine games and is 14/5 to score anytime here. Tom Ince’s 11 goals and counting for the Derbyshire club this season also make him good value to find the net, at the same price.
Having already knocked Premier League opposition out of the Emirates FA Cup on their travels this season – winning 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion in the Third Round – there’s plenty of evidence to suggest we’ll see the Rams repeat the feat this week.
In the match betting, Derby are 3/1 to win this East Midlands derby, with Leicester priced at 20/21 and the draw available at 23/10.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing