Derby v Nottm Forest Championship betting preview and tips

20:45 Mon 17 Dec
Football
England
Championship
Tip: 1
Units: 1/5
Odds: -100

There will be a full house at Pride Park on Monday night to watch the Brian Clough derby, with Derby County and Nottingham Forest arch-rivals who are among those teams battling for automatic promotion this season.

The latter have been in the doldrums for the past few seasons, although Aitor Karanka was given money to spend last summer and the team sit seventh in the Championship table coming into this match.

Karanka is noted for being largely defensive despite a recent 5-5 draw at Aston Villa, with the Tricky Trees having drawn six of their ten away matches thus far and they’ve only been defeated the once.

However, they will have to contend with a partisan atmosphere at a ground that generates a lot of noise, plus the fact that they come off the back of a 1-0 reverse at home to Preston which means the team sit just outside of the play-off places.

Derby are three points better off in fourth place and have been in decent form recently, with the Rams learning to win ugly which was in evidence after recent away wins at Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan.

Six wins from the past ten matches is pretty impressive and Jack Marriott continues to pilfer the goals, with the former Peterborough man now on eight for the season and he’ll be fired up like the rest of the team for this clash.

Mason Mount is back in the team doing what he does best and Frank Lampard now has options off the bench again through the likes of Duane Holmes and Florian Jozefzoon. 

Derby will hope to make home advantage count and also have the experience of those big match atmospheres at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, having knocked Manchester United out of the EFL Cup earlier this season.

BETTING TIP
Derby County to win @ 2.00 with bet365

Team News

Derby: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-up)
Nottm Forest: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-up)
  • 01
    Scott Carson
  • 46
    Scott Malone
  • 05
    Fikayo Tomori
  • 06
    Richard Keogh
  • 37
    Jayden Bogle
  • 07
    Harry Wilson
  • 08
    Mason Mount
  • 44
    Tom Huddlestone
  • 04
    Craig Bryson
  • 10
    Tom Lawrence
  • 14
    Jack David Marriott
  • 01
    Costel Pantilimon
  • 27
    Tendayi Darikwa
  • 44
    Michael Hefele
  • 18
    Jack Robinson
  • 11
    Ben Osborn
  • 24
    Claudio Yacob
  • 06
    Jack Colback
  • 21
    Saidy Janko
  • 10
    João Carvalho
  • 23
    Joe Lolley
  • 07
    Lewis Grabban

Championship - League Table

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 43 25 12 6 87:53 87
2 Sheffield Unite 43 24 10 9 71:39 82
3 Leeds 43 23 9 11 66:42 78
4 West Bromwich A 43 22 10 11 83:57 76
5 Aston Villa 43 19 15 9 79:58 72
6 Middlesbrough 43 18 13 12 45:36 67
7 Bristol City 42 18 12 12 56:47 66
8 Derby 42 17 13 12 61:52 64
9 Sheffield Wedne 43 15 16 12 54:56 61
10 Preston 43 16 12 15 64:59 60
11 Hull 43 17 9 17 63:62 60
12 Swansea 42 17 8 17 59:57 59
13 Nottingham Fore 43 14 15 14 56:54 57
14 Birmingham 43 13 17 13 60:56 56
15 Blackburn 43 15 11 17 59:65 56
16 Brentford 43 14 13 16 67:59 55
17 Stoke 43 11 19 13 41:48 52
18 Queens Park Ran 43 13 9 21 51:67 48
19 Reading 43 10 15 18 48:64 45
20 Wigan 43 11 12 20 47:63 45
21 Millwall 42 10 14 18 45:57 44
22 Rotherham 43 8 16 19 49:76 40
23 Bolton 43 8 8 27 29:74 32
24 Ipswich 43 4 16 23 32:71 28