With only four wins away to Derby in the last 20 years, the Rams’ back yard has never been the happiest of hunting grounds for Saturday’s visitors Millwall. Indeed, the last time the Lions emerged victorious from an away encounter with Derby was in late December 2004, when then player-manager Dennis Wise oversaw a 3-0 win.
The Londoners have only managed to score once at Pride Park since then and they won’t be heading to the east midlands in confident mood after Tuesday night’s humiliating 5-0 defeat to Wolves in the Carling Cup.
Their failure to win on the road in the league this term will also do little to provide hope.
Whether or not manager Kenny Jackett was taking the cup competition seriously is up for debate, but a thumping ahead of a daunting trip to Derbyshire will have the Millwall payers trembling in their coach seats.
Not that Nigel Clough’s side need any further reason to be positive, with the Rams sitting pretty in fourth position in the Championship table and looking good both going forward and in defence.
Clough’s men have been a somewhat surprise package in the early stages of the season and with six goals scored in their three home games thus far, they’re finding the back of the net more often than even he would have predicted.
But it’s at the back where Derby have looked most impressive, with only two teams (Brighton and Middlesbrough) having conceded fewer goals than County. This fixture ended goalless last term, and on 12 of the last 24 meetings between these clubs at least one side has failed to score.
Consequently, backing one of the teams to fail to score at 19/20 looks like a banker, although bwin’s tidy offer of 3/1 for Derby to win without conceding is equally appealing and offers even greater financial rewards.
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