Nottingham Forest’s spectacular league form this season looks to be the key to turning around their recent miserable fortunes in the highly anticipated East Midlands derby. Having last tasted victory over rivals Derby in January 2011, Forest fans should be encouraged with the most recent form and fighting spirit instilled in their side by manager Billy Davies.
This season represents the best chance of tasting that winning feeling once more for Forest, having lost just one of their nine games this campaign. However it would be difficult to completely ignore Derby’s record against their counterparts, having won three of the last four since 2011 and remaining unbeaten in those matches.
For these reasons, the 23/10 on offer for the match to finish in a second successive stalemate looks rather tempting. Forest currently stand at 11/10 to finally take victory on home soil, while the visitors to the City Ground can be found at 5/2.
Forest, in the shape of Matt Derbyshire and Andy Reid, have two men who this season know where the back of the net is. Derbyshire, the former Blackburn striker, can currently be found at 7/1 to break the deadlock, with midfielder Reid at the same price.
Former Millwall man Darius Henderson already has three strikes to his name this term, and somewhat surprisingly leads the betting at 5/1 to net first given his current strike ratio of one goal in every five games suggests the striker to be less than prolific.
Although described as a flair player, in Will Hughes, Derby have a youngster who displays not only the hunger and desire to play well, but also the skill and aptitude that belie his teenage years to lead his mid table side when things get tough. Such is his presence, he can be found at just 5/1 to score anytime for the Rams, and given he netted Derby’s consolation goal against Reading last week the price looks very enticing.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing
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