After the wonders of the FA Cup, we are treated to a near-full midweek Championship schedule, including Derby County travelling to Oakwell to take on Barnsley.
With Derby in a rich vein of form in recent weeks, the Rams certainly look tempting at 39/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market for the match, while the Tykes are at 27/20 and the draw is at 11/5.
Barnsley looked like possible play-off contenders when they put a run of four straight victories together before Christmas, but they have lost five of the subsequent seven, dropping down to 15th in the table.
Keith Hill’s side are exceeding many people’s early predictions, but he is now struggling to keep his squad together, with Danny Drinkwater joining Leicester and Ricardo Vaz Te refusing to sign a new contract.
The Tykes have been notoriously good starters this season, though. So good, in fact, that if games finished at half-time, they would be as high as third.
Look at Barnsley to be ahead at half-time, only for Derby to take away all three points. At 35/1, surely it’s worth putting a tiny stake on such enticing odds as a secondary play.
Derby were well beaten by Stoke City at Pride Park in the FA Cup fourth round at the weekend, but I’m leaning towards them because they are currently in one of the ‘good’ phases of their traditionally up-and-down persona.
After getting off to their regular good start, they took a slump during the Christmas period, but are starting to regain their early form, having won five of their last seven matches in the Championship.
The Rams have managed to keep a clean sheet in each of them, and they are at great odds of 13/5 to continue that run in an eventual victory in South Yorkshire.
However, as Barnsley have only failed to score in one home match in the league this term – and that was back in August – this selection is perhaps best avoided, with Derby at 39/20 looking to be the best way to go.
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