Derby County and Nottingham Forest are two Championship sides fighting for their lives in the division. The clubs sit in the lower half of the table going into a big six-point match on Friday night. Nottingham Forest go into the game in 15th place and 10 points above the relegation zone. The lower half of the Championship is competitive and there is no guarantee that a 10-point buffer will be enough for safety.
Derby County are eight points above Rotherham in the chase for survival. Wayne Rooney’s team are coming off of a 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Tuesday night. Just two points separate the Rams from Nottingham Forest and a win would send them above the visitors in the Championship standings.
Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest are on a two-game winning streak in the league. After defeating Blackburn Rovers 1-0 at the weekend, the Reds defeated Rotherham 1-0 away in a six-point clash. While Nottingham Forest are 10 points above the relegation zone, they are also 10 points back of the top six. As it stands, it feels like they are far closer to relegation than making the playoffs at the end of the regular season.
Nottingham Forest came from a goal down at halftime against Derby County in the reverse fixture at the City Ground to draw, 1-1, at full-time. Derby County’s Martyn Waghorn opened the scoring in the 30th minute but Lyle Taylor equalised on 64 minutes.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest Betting Odds
Nottingham Forest have been in excellent form over the last six games in the Championship. They took 13 points from 18 on offer with four of those six fixtures ending in wins. Hughton’s team have won back-to-back games in the Championship and will feel confident of going away from home on Friday night. Leading sportsbooks have Nottingham Forest at odds of 11/5 to win away from home and continue their rise up the table. The Reds are unbeaten in five of their last six away matches in the Championship.
Leading sportsbooks have Derby County as the favourite to win on Friday night at home at odds of 8/5. The Rams took 12 of their last 18 points on offer with four wins from six games. They scored just eight goals during that timeframe while allowing seven to opponents.
Derby County have struggled at Pride Park for the most part this campaign. The good news for Rooney is that the team are on a four-game winning streak at home. Three of those four games ended as wins to nil. Derby County have not defeated Nottingham Forest since the 2017-18 season.
Nottingham Forest are on a seven-game unbeaten run versus Derby County with three of those games ending in wins. Despite their excellent form versus the Rams, Nottingham Forest have not won at Pride Park since 2014-15 in the Championship.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest Team News
Rooney has four players on the injury list at Derby County. The good news is that Tom Lawrence is progressing following an ankle injury. He could return for the club on Friday night to play. Curtis Davies will not return to the team until May due to an Achilles tendon injury. Jack Stretton is ruled out until March while Krystian Bielik is out of action due to a knee problem.
Derby County are led in goals by well-travelled striker Colin Kazim-Richards. The former Chelsea man has six goals to lead the team. Martyn Waghorn is second on the team in goals with three.
Hughton is without striker Lewis Grabban who will be out of action until March due to a hamstring strain. Sammy Abeobi is nearing a return from a knee injury but may not have the match fitness needed to play this weekend. Harry Arter and Scott McKenna are both ruled out until March, but Samba Sow is possibility to make the team.
Nottingham Forest have tallied a mere 27 goals this season which is the fourth-fewest in the Championship. Lyle Taylor leads the Reds in goals with four. Ryan Yates has two goals and two assists to his name. Yates scored the winner versus Rotherham in midweek to power Nottingham Forest to a 1-0 victory.
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Derby County have suddenly become a strong defensive side at Pride Park under Rooney. The manager has sorted out the Rams’ defensive issues and has them playing much better in the final third. Five of the last nine games between these sides finished in draws. Meanwhile, back-to-back Championship matches between them saw both teams score. Expect both sides to find the back of the net in a low-scoring match.
Martyn Waghorn to score anytime @ 11/5 - BET NOW
The 31-year-old has bagged three goals in 22 games for the Rams this season. It hasn’t been a great return for Waghorn, but when his injury issues and the club’s form are factored in, it is understandable. Waghorn scored the winner against Huddersfield in midweek and goes into the fixture in good form. The striker scored against Nottingham Forest when the teams met earlier this season.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 11/20 - BET NOW
Seven of the last eight matches in all competitions between Derby County and Nottingham Forest finished with under 2.5 goals scored. This sides have been good at nullifying the other in games. Friday night’s match is likely to finish in a stalemate just as four of the last seven games between them in all competitions have done.
Nottingham Forest’s last four Championship games all ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Two of Derby County’s last six matches in the league ended with under 2.5 goals. Neither club score many goals this season. Derby County have tallied the league’s third-fewest goals with 24. The Reds have tallied 27. We may be in for a low-scoring match on Friday night as both teams desperately go in search of three points.
Derby vs Nottingham Forest Tips
Here are our Derby vs Nottingham Forest tips for Friday's Championship match at Pride Park Stadium.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 11/10
2. Martyn Waghorn to score anytime @ 11/5
3. Under 2.5 goals scored @ 11/20
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