Date: September 14, 2014
Venue: City Ground, Nottingham, England
Kick-off time: 13.15 BST
The Championship leaders, Nottingham Forest welcome Derby County at the City Ground for an emotional derby match where players will pay tribute to their former legendary manager, Brian Clough. Forest-Derby matches all always played with intense passion and the supporters are fired up for the occasion.
Derby, who are placed seventh in the Championship are just five points of their local rivals – Nottingham Forest. This match has all the ingredients to be a blockbuster.
Nottingham Forest form: D-W-W-W-W
Nottingham have been on top form since the start of the season; along with Watford and Wolves they are looking like they mean business this time around. The comeback of Henri Lansbury from injury against Sheffield Wednesday provided an extra spark in the already menacing midfield.
The goal scoring form of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio will now be supplemented by Lansbury who was an important figure last season.
Derby County form: D-L-W-W-D
Derby County struggled against Ipswich in their last match, dropping points after settling for a draw. Coach Steve McLaren will be looking forward to the intense derby against the local rival, Nottingham Forest. If the balance of the side is not right then they could lose heavily.
Derby will be waiting for Jamie Ward’s assessment after he pulled his hamstring on international duty.
Nottingham Forest: Henri Lansbury
The ex-Arsenal academy graduate is an exceptional midfielder and his last season form was quite excellent. Forest managed to tie him down with a new contract this summer and against Sheffield Wednesday, he showed what Forest were missing.
Derby County: Will Hughes
England Under-21 midfielder has been inconsistent so far in his displays in the holding midfield role. Mclaren has been insisting on starting him instead of the new loan signing, Omar Mascarell. Against Forest, he has a huge role to play.
Local derbies are always tough to predict with the amount of passion on display; the tie can swing both ways. Considering Forest’s attacking form, they should however take maximum points to keep clear of the rest of the pack. Take Bet365’s offer of 2.38 for the Forest win.
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