Nottingham Forest and Derby have fought out some classic East Midlands derbies of late and another thriller looks likely this weekend.
The last two meetings between these two bitter rivals at the City Ground have resulted in 5-2 and 3-2 wins for the home side. Forest are favourites this time around too, at 3/4 with bwin, while Derby are a 7/2 chance and the draw is 49/20.
New Forest manager Steve McClaren was under pressure from the moment he signed on the dotted line, but just five points from their opening six games and a lowly 21st position in the Championship table has understandably has left some of the locals very restless.
They have not won at home in the league this season, drawing two and getting a 4-1 spanking by West Ham last time they played in front of their loyal fans.
Derby, on the other hand, flew out of the blocks, winning their first four matches, although they will make the short trip along the A52 on the back of two straight defeats.
However, the Rams have won twice on the road already, with a solitary goal proving enough on both occasions. Another 1-0 success in this encounter is available at 23/2, which would give a potential return of for new bwin customers using their free £25 on such an outcome.
An early Derby goal would certainly pile the pressure on the home side and the Rams are 7/4 to find the net first, which could be an attractive short-priced alternative.
And considering the scorelines mentioned earlier in the last two meetings between the sides at the City Ground, it would be no surprise to see another goalfest on Saturday. Over 2.5 goals can be backed at 17/20, while five
or more goals to be scored is available at 11/2.
So in conclusion, judging by the form of both the sides over the first six matches of the season, it is difficult to justify a bet on a Nottingham Forest win.
Backing a Derby victory is a tempting proposition, but a safer option may be found in the double chance market, where you can bet on the final result being a draw or an away win at evens with bwin.com.
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