Nothing whets the appetite of football fans as much as a derby game full of goals and this weekend’s Championship programme offers the prospect of three of those. Age-old rivals Leicester City and Nottingham Forest meet in a match that’s produced 11 goals in the past two seasons, while Huddersfield Town’s increasingly leaky defence will try to contain Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
And frankly, no ‘derby treble’ would be complete without Derby themselves! So while their trip to Millwall may be stretching the analogy a little, the fact that the two teams have shared more than 20 three-goal games this season makes them worth the inclusion.
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Over 2.5 goals in Leicester v Nott’m Forest @ 91/100
While it may not have the intensity of the other east Midlands derby between Derby and Forest, recent games between the Foxes and the Tricky Trees have more than matched the ‘Clough derby’ for entertainment.
There have been 2-2 draws, late 3-2 thrillers and big wins either way (4-0 for Leicester last season and 5-1 Forest in 2010/11) and with the calibre of attacking talent on show, including Irish international Simon Cox, French U21 star Anthony Knockaert and former England man David Nugent, it’s a safe bet there will be more goals this time out.
Over 2.5 goals in Barnsley v Huddersfield @ 91/100
Huddersfield started the season building a promotion charge on the back of a solid defence but in recent weeks their back line seems to have sprung a leak.
And having conceded four against Millwall, three against Peterborough and two at home to Blackburn in midweek, Simon Grayson won’t welcome the sight of a Barnsley side who’ve already put eight past former Premier League sides Wolves and Birmingham this season.
Over 2.5 goals in Millwall v Derby @ 18/25
Millwall’s four-goal beating of Huddersfield wasn’t their only good result in recent weeks as they’ve gone eight games unbeaten to climb eight places in the Championship table, scoring 18 goals in the process.
That run has also seen them hit second place in the Championship over 2.5 goal stakes (on 11 three-goal games) and they look set to continue their run of thrillers when they host Derby, who have struck six in two and feature a player on the verge of his 100th career goal in Nathan Tyson.