Derby County vs Notts Forest – Match Preview – Derby County will host Nottingham Forest at the Pride Park for another battle between two of the UKs fiercest rivals.
Fans will flood the streets of Derby early on Sunday to soak in the atmosphere that can often become very hostile between the two sets of fans.
Both sides are sitting comfortably mid table in the SkyBet Championship with Nottingham Forest just two points ahead of Derby; however the Rams have a game in hand.
The hosts have drawn their precious three outings in the Championship against Cardiff, Brentford and Birmingham. Although this proves they are a tough nut to crack under Gary Rowett, they also are struggling to find that clinical edge that has always seen them near the top end of the table. Striker Matej Vyrda has scored four goals and is Derby’s highest scorer in the campaign thus far. Derby have attempted to focus on possession based football this season which has seen them dominate most matches but hasn’t allowed their creative players to take many risks.
However, this is a derby match against their biggest rivals so a lot of the time tactics get thrown out the window and sheer desire and passion can becoming the winning factors. Derby will be disappointed with the last time they faced Forest as a 90th minute winner from Dani Pinillos saw The Rams drop two points in front of thousands of relieved Forest fans. Can they get their revenge?
Nottingham Forest are enjoying this campaign much more to their last but a victory away to Derby would really get the fans excited for a while. Their recent form hasn’t made for pretty reading, however they did just grab a great victory at home against an in form Sheffield United side. With 5 losses in their last 7 matches, Forest are in need of a victory.
Daryl Murphy has found himself on target this season whilst spearheading the Nottingham Forest attack. The Irishman is fresh from international duty where his two goals against Moldova played a huge part in their World Cup qualification. The striker has 6 goals in the Championship campaign and is no doubt Forest’s biggest danger man. The Derby defence has proven a tough defence to beat so they will feel confident of preventing Murphy and his friends from finding the back of the net. Can Forest do one better over their rivals following the last time they met?
- Skybet Both Players to Score – Matej Vydra and Daryl Murphy – 6/1
- Skybet Specials – Derby to be Awarded a Penalty – 7/2
- Skybet BTTS in Both Halves – Yes – 16/1