Last season, only the Championship’s three relegated sides had worse records on their own patch than Derby.
But this campaign has seen manager Nigel Clough guiding the Rams to one of only three 100 per cent starts to the season – both home and away.
The Midlanders have taken all of the available nine points on offer from their opening fixtures.
And that trend looks set to continue as Doncaster Rovers visit Pride Park this weekend, with the home side priced at 3/4 to win, a draw at 49/20 and a Doncaster success at 7/2.
Donny’s start to 2011-12 couldn’t have been more of a mirror image to Derby’s as they are still without a point and sit rock bottom.
Furthermore, Saturday’s hosts have won each of their games by a one-goal margin, while… yes, you’ve guessed it… Donny have lost theirs by a single goal.
But this weekend, I expect that may change as Derby gain confidence from their first three fixtures, where they have only conceded once.
And with forward Steven Davies on fire with two goals in his first three games, the odds on Clough’s boys overcoming a one-goal handicap are quite tempting.
Odds of 37/20 are available for a home win by at least two goals, while a normal 2-0 scoreline is 33/4 and 3-1 is at 23/2.
With the shot-shy visitors only scoring once so far this term, a home win with a clean sheet is also a tempting punt at 11/5.
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The Rams have not won their opening three matches in a season since 1948-49, when they went 17 without defeat and eventually finished third in the top flight.
So with morale soaring, take Derby to demolish Donny.
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