Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 4/6 @ 888sport
In a matchup between two sides who find themselves enjoying a recent resurge, Derby will welcome Nottingham Forest to Pride Park on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, while Derby might have been disappointed to have left Watford empty-handed last week, the Rams managed to make an immediate return to winning ways in midweek. With new boss Wayne Rooney doing a shocking job of steadying the ship at Pride Park, there is no doubt that the mood in their camp should be at a season-high. Skyrocketing their way away from the drop zone and easing the relegation worries in their camp, the former England skipper saw his side pick up a deserved 2-0 win against Huddersfield earlier in the week. Managing to collect nine points from their last four Championship contests, Derby have also impressed with their continued displays on home soil. Including that victory on Tuesday night, the Rams have won each of their last four straight contests at Pride Park, including a 1-0 win against Bournemouth last month.
As for the visitors, also picking up their own eye-catching win earlier in the week, Nottingham Forest have also enjoyed a recent boost over the past month. With the experienced Chris Hughton also dragging his new squad away from any potential relegation scrap, the former Brighton boss saw his side land a 1-0 victory away at Rotherham on Tuesday night. With it appearing that their 1-0 loss away at top-two chasers Swansea earlier in the month was just a minor blip, Forest have claimed back-to-back second-tier wins and have lost just a single matchup since January 20th. Suddenly finding themselves within striking distance of breaking into the top-12, Hughton will be enjoying his side’s recent displays at the back. Recording another clean sheet against Rotherham in midweek, Friday’s guests have conceded just a single goal in over 500 minutes of action.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Derby vs Nottingham Forest 4/6 for Friday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport