Derby have lost their last couple in the Championship, to take the gloss off a flying start but four wins from six still represents a decent return for the Rams who remain fifth in the table despite back-to-back defeats.
This week they visit a hapless Nottingham Forest side desperate for squad reinforcements and languishing just outside the bottom three without a home win so it’s difficult to fathom out why Steve McClaren’s men are odds-on at 10/11 (Ladbrokes) to come out on top in this derby showdown while Nigel Clough’s men are as high as 4/1 via Stan James.
The Rams are simply too big at that price but the cautious may understandably want some insurance and alternatives to the away win are bet365’s 11/4 chalked against the visitors ‘Draw No Bet’ and Skybet’s even money for Derby to avoid defeat at the City Ground.
At Selhurst Park, a solid-looking Crystal Palace almost tempt at 11/5 () as they host Middlesbrough but Tony Mowbray’s men have won all three away matches, which is enough to suggest punters should be a touch cautious.
Reading meanwhile, are 8/13 courtesy of Totesport to see off rock-bottom Doncaster but the Royals have started poorly themselves and don’t convince so instead we’ll turn attention to Elland Road where Luciano Becchio’s return to fitness is a welcome boost for Leeds. The Argentine striker netted on his comeback against Crystal Palace last week and he’s worth an interest at 5/1 (Betfred) to break the deadlock as the Whites host struggling Bristol City.