Kick-off: 1945, 26/02/2021
Stadium: Pride Park
TV: Sky Sports
There will be important points at stake in the bottom half of the table as well as the Brian Clough Trophy when Nottingham Forest make the short trip to Derby.
Unfortunately for neutrals, the bitter rivalry between these teams often means it is a scrappy affair and the seven league meetings in the last four seasons have produced just eight goals.
That suggests under 1.5 goals at 6/4 is a value pick as our opening Derby vs Nottingham Forest prediction.
A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds
Both of these teams made slow starts to the season but recent results have eased their relegation fears at least.
Derby made it six wins from eight games on Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, who barely threatened after Fraizer Campbell’s 11th-minute effort was tipped over by David Marshall.
George Edmundson headed home his maiden goal following his loan move from Rangers before Martyn Waghorn sealed victory with his first goal since October.
Boss Wayne Rooney said: “I think we’re doing what we need to do, we’re getting good results at the right time so in terms of how we’re playing, the main objective of each game is to get three points and until we have some breathing space to worry about getting better performances, that will remain the same.”
There is a sense that this is a game which both teams will be more determined to avoid defeat in than force the victory so we’re backing the draw at 11/5 in the Derby vs Nottingham Forest odds.
A Look At Nottingham Forest’s Betting Odds
Chris Hughton has certainly sorted out Forest’s defence and Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Rotherham means they remain two points above their rivals but having played a game more.
Forest have only conceded two goals in their last seven matches, meaning a Ryan Yates goal was all they needed to beat the Millers.
“It was a tough game,” said Hughton. “It was what we expected and if you are able to get an earlier goal it opens the game up a little bit more.
“We had to defend in numbers. It was quite difficult to get a real good rhythm in the game. Sometimes these kind of wins can be the most pleasing ones.
“At the moment, it’s a very happy changing room and sometimes that comes with this type of win.”
There was nothing to choose between these teams in a 1-1 draw at the City Ground in October when Lyle Taylor’s second-half equaliser cancelled out Martyn Waghorn’s 30th-minute opener.
It was also 1-1 when these teams met at Pride Park last season, which ended a run of four successive visits to this venue without scoring for Forest.
Keeping it tight at the back is likely to be the priority for Hughton once again so the last of our Derby vs Nottingham Forest betting tips is a 0-0 draw at 21/4.
DERBY 2-0 Huddersfield – George Edmundson, Martyn Waghorn
Rotherham 0-1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST – Ryan Yates
Head-to-head: Forest 1-1 Derby, Derby 1-1 Forest, Forest 1-0 Derby, Forest 3-0 Derby, Forest 1-0 Derby, Derby 0-0 Forest
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