Derby v Nottingham Forest – Rams to push Forest all the way

Pride Park hasn’t been the happiest hunting ground for Nottingham Forest in recent years.

Forest have not won in their last eight visits to their local rivals and will be in for another tough afternoon this Saturday. However, whether Derby have enough to win the game at 9/5 is another matter.

The Rams have slipped up in recent weeks and have not won any of their last three home league games. However, Forest haven’t won at Pride Park in any of their last eight visits and with local pride to play for, Derby should be more than a match for Billy Davies’ side.

Backing Derby to get a point out of the visit of their bitter rivals at 23/10 looks to be well worth a bet.

Cardiff v Watford

Dave Jones has once again been busy in the transfer window and has brought in Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and John Parkin, while Blackpool defender Dekel Keinan looks set to join imminently.

Those new signings could help provide the spark that has been missing for Cardiff in recent weeks. Despite a good win at home to Leeds, the Bluebirds have been struggling, with just three wins in their last 12 league games.

Watford have won a magnificent seven games on the bounce so backing them to make it eight against an out of sorts Bluebirds looks the most enticing bet at 5/2.

Middlesbrough vs Preston

At the other end of the table, Preston face a tough trip away to Middlesbrough.

Preston picked up a good point against Leicester last weekend and with Boro losing centre-half David Wheater to Bolton in the week, a bet on Preston to get a point at 11/4 looks well worth a couple of quid.

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