Derby County vs Nottingham Forest
Date: Monday, 17 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Pride Park Stadium (Derby).
Bragging rights will be at stake on Monday evening when fierce East Midlands rivals take on each other at Pride Park Stadium. Derby will enter the game as form favourites following back-to-back wins over Swansea City and Wigan Athletic. They also clinched three victories in last four league rounds. Such fine spell of form helped the team overtake both Nottingham and Boro inside the top seven in the league ladder.
The Rams head into this as the 5th-placd team in Championship being three points clear off arch rivals Nottingham Forest. It was entirely one-way street for the Rams last weekend away at The DW Stadium where they had an extra man on the pitch after just 15 minutes of the affair against the Latics. Kal Naismith was sent off and the Reds needed no more than six minutes to take advantage of it as striker Jack Marriott broke the deadlock midway through the first half. It was his sixth goal of the campaign and he is now just one short of team’s top scorer Harry Wilson.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest: Head-to-head
The Reds will be highly motivated to end a dreadful streak of five straight games without a victory in East Midlands derbies.
Nottingham Forest failed to find the back of the net on more than one occasion in these five affairs, three of which were won by Derby County.
Both teams generally scored just once in last six H2H affairs.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest: Prediction
The visitors dropped out of the play-offs spots after a disappointing 0-1 home defeat to Preston North End last Saturday. They were the dominant side on the pitch throughput the 90 minutes of play at The City Ground, but just could not find the way to make it count in the final third. Louis Moult made the difference for the Lilywhites four minutes before the hour-mark.
The Reds were previously on a thread of five straight games without a defeat. The streak includes impressive clean sheet wins over Hull City and Ipswich Town as well as a crazy 5-5 draw to Aston Villa in Birmingham. All eyes will be on Lewis Grabban who notched 14 goals so far in the season.
Derby are the form favourites. They won 6, drew 2 and lost 2 of 10 home outings so far in the season. We do find the value in backing them to claim the spoils at the 2.05 odds, while you can alternatively shoot for the Under 2.5 goals FT bet because of H2H trend and the value of the 2.00 odds.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest: Bet Tips
Derby County to win @ 2.05 (21/20)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.00 (1/1).