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11/03/2018 Kick Off:  2:30 pm City Ground V Predicted Score:1 - 1

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

A red card. The East midlands derby is notorious for a few bad tempers flaring up in the match and in the last seven years, games involving the pair has seen six dismissals.

A sending off in the game is at 5/2 and although quite short for this market, that only goes to prove its likelihood.

2 We fancy:

The 1-1 scoreline at 7/1 looks the best bet in this one. Both sides will be eager not to take too many risks up front especially early doors with a score-draw the likeliest of scenarios.

3 It's a long shot, but…

In 2009, Nottingham Forest beat Derby 3-2 in a thrilling game and for that to happen again is 250/1.

That is a great price as both sides have proven they can score and Forest hold the current edge when it comes to form.

Team News

Nottingham Forest's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1

Forest boss Aitor Karanka has fairly fit squad to face midland rivals Derby. Right winger Ashkan Dejagah is likely to continue to be absent with the same starting eleven that drew with Norwich at the weekend likely to start.

Derby County's Last Six:

Won: 0 Drawn: 4 Lost: 2

Manager Gary Rowett is having to contend with a growing list of injuries to his out of form Rams side.

George Thorne is likely to absent for the clash with Forest after pulling a calf whilst fellow midfielder Tom Huddlestone is also a doubt.

Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Nottingham Forest haven’t beaten rivals Derby since November 2015

Promotion-chasing Derby’s form of late has been a concern and another slip-up against arch-rivals Nottingham Forest will really put their playoff hopes in trouble. However, for Aitor Karanka’s Forest side, a rise up the table has been timely and now all but dispelled any relegation fears. A vital East Midlands derby is finely poised with action aplenty expected on the field of play.

Nottingham Forest are 9/5 to win the match and based on the current form of both sides, that is a real steal. The tricky trees are on a five-game unbeaten run which has seen them rise to fifteenth in the table and now with the shackles off, they are primed to add further misery to Derby’s poor run of form.

Derby are 23/10 to win and it is sometimes easy to forget that Gary Rowett’s side sit fifth in the table. That is because the Rams are winless in the league for over a month, injuries have played their part, but Derby have proved their capabilities more than once already this season and will not lie down easily.

The draw is 23/10 and this is where much of the value lies. The last match between the two at the City Ground was a stalemate and Derby have drawn four of their last six. However, Forest have only drawn once all season at home which is the lowest in league.

Under 2.5 goals in the game is 3/4 and that is certainly backing. Forest have only scored three goals in their last five games and although the game will be feisty, it will perhaps lack chances.

A goalless first half is 13/8 and both sides would take that right now. Six of the last nine goals the pair have shared have come in the second half making for a quiet opening 45.

Predicted Score: Nottingham Forest 1 - 1 Derby County

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!