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Nottingham Forest vs Derby Betting Tips, Predictions and Odds - Strugglers clash in key East Midlands derby

  • Nottingham Forest take on Derby County in the Championship
  • The East Midlands derby takes place at the City Ground
  • Nottingham Forest currently sit 20th in the Championship table
  • Derby County are one point and a place below their rivals in the table
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Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban will be a key man in the East Midlands derby (Getty Images)

Strugglers Nottingham Forest and Derby County meet in a highly anticipated East Midlands Derby in the Championship on Friday. The hosts will be looking to add to the positive start made under new boss Chris Hughton.

Nottingham Forest Form

Nottingham Forest made a woeful start to the season, losing each of their first four games which led to the sacking of Sabri Lamouchi. The arrival of Chris Hughton has had a clear impact.

Forest are unbeaten in his first two games as boss, beginning with a 1-0 win away to Blackburn Rovers thanks to a last minute winner from Joe Lolley. 

Nottingham Forest were unable to make it two wins on the bounce after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Rotherham United.

Nottingham Forest Team News

Joe Worrall and Fouad Bachirou are both ruled out for Nottingham Forest on Friday. 

Anthony Knockaert could make his debut after joining on loan from Brighton having previously worked with Hughton at the Amex Stadium.

Derby Form

Derby County’s start to the new Championship season has been disappointing. The Rams find themselves out of the bottom three by just a point. 

Suffering five defeats in six Championship games, it’s been a testing start for Phillip Cocu’s team who finished 10th in the second tier last season.

Derby’s one win this season came away from home as they upset Norwich City 1-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 87th minute winner. They have been unable to build on that result. 

The win at Carrow Road has been followed up by a pair of 1-0 defeats to Watford and Huddersfield Town.

Derby Team News

Krystian Bielik (knee) is unlikely to feature for Derby this week. Derby will again be looking towards Wayne Rooney to inspire some form in attack for the Championship’s second-lowest scorers.

Nottingham Forest vs Derby Head to Head

Nottingham Forest have the edge in this derby with 42 wins compared to Derby’s 38. There have also been 27 draws in this fixture. 

In their last meeting back in July, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Nottingham Forest vs Derby Odds

Nottingham Forest are 2.00 favourites in the East Midlands Derby at bet365. Those who do not fancy Forest win can get odds of 3.50 for a Derby County win and for the draw.

Nottingham Forest vs Derby Match Up

Given their respective positions in the table this looks to be an even match up, although the quality in the Nottingham Forest squad should give them the edge here.

Nottingham Forest vs Derby Stats

  • Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in their last 6 matches against Derby County (all competitions).
  • Derby County have scored 1 goal in their last 6 matches against Nottingham Forest (all competitions).
  • Derby County are the second-lowest scorers with just two goals this season (EFL Championship).

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Where is Nottingham Forest vs Derby being played?

Nottingham Forest vs Derby is being played at the City Ground.

What times does Nottingham Forest vs Derby kick off?

Nottingham Forest vs Derby is being played at 7:45pm BST on Friday, 23 October, 2020.

What competition are Nottingham Forest vs Derby playing in?

Nottingham Forest and Derby are playing in the EFL Championship.



Chris Hughton was a shrewd hire from the Nottingham Forest board. They now have a manager that is tried and tested in the Championship. 

There is plenty of quality in the Forest squad and they should be too strong for Derby, who haven’t enjoyed a win in this fixture since October 2017.

Best Bet: Nottingham Forest Win Full-Time Result @100 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Nottingham Forest Win To Nil @225 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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