Free tips Championship Tips: Nottingham Forest v Derby (Sunday, 2.30pm)

Fierce Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby County will go head-to-head in the Championship on Sunday, with the visitors hopeful of maintaining their push towards the playoff places.

We take you through our Nottingham Forest v Derby match preview and betting tips for the Sunday afternoon fixture at the City Ground…

Nottingham Forest v Derby Match Prediction

Draw 12/5 – Unibet


Nottingham Forest v Derby Best Bet

Matej Vydra Anytime Goalscorer 39/19 – 888Sport


Nottingham Forest v Derby Past Meetings

This will be the 64th competitive fixture between the two clubs, with Forest slight ahead on the head-to-head record with 23 wins compared to County’s 22.

However, Derby have won three of the past four meetings including a 2-0 victory at Pride Park earlier this season, when Matej Vydra and David Nugent scored the goals.

County have not won any of their past four trips to the City Ground, but are unbeaten in their last four games with Forest.


Nottingham Forest v Derby Stats

Derby sit fifth in the Championship – 10 places and 17 points ahead of Forest, who are set to record a comfortable mid-table finish.

However, the form book goes in favour of the hosts – who are unbeaten in their last five matches, while County are without a win in their last six and have just one victory from nine.

Derby have recently lost to Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham while Forest recently recorded back-to-back wins over QPR and Birmingham City.

Forest have the 16th strongest home record in the league with eight wins from their 18 outings, while Derby’s away record is the third best in the division – seven victories and 29 points from 18 matches.


Nottingham Forest v Derby Team News

Forest are expected to continue to deploy their 4-2-3-1 formation with Ben Bretherton leading the line, with Adlene Guedioura and Liam Bridcutt both pushing for starts.

County will continue with their 4-2-3-1 line-up which is headed by David Nugent – who scored against Forest earlier this season – while midfielder Joe Ledley is an injury doubt after coming off early in the midweek draw at QPR. Matej Vydra is set to be restored to the starting line-up.


Reason for Nottingham Forest v Derby Bets

Derby matches have a tendency to throw up unpredictable results, but this is a clash between a mid-table side in-form and a playoff challenging team who are in a bit of a rut.

County have a stronger side than Forest on paper but it is the hosts who have all the momentum going into this one and home advantage may also cancel out any difference in playing quality.

A draw is the most likely outcome in a result which may prove satisfactory to both sides.

The most likely scorer in this game is Derby’s Czech forward Matej Vydra. One of his 17 league goals this season was against Forest and he is set to be restored to the starting line-up after being rested at Loftus Road.


Nottingham Forest v Derby Match Prediction

Draw 12/5 – Unibet


Nottingham Forest v Derby Best Bet

Matej Vydra Anytime Goalscorer 39/19 – 888Sport


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