Bet of the Day: Draw between bitter rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby looks valuePublished on: February 25, 2019Author: Jamie Clark
East Midlands enemies Nottingham Forest and Derby County take centre stage in the latest A52 derby on Monday with these bitter rivals meeting at the City Ground (kick-off: 19:45 GMT).
The Reds and Rams battle for the Brian Clough trophy with just a couple of places and fourth points separating them in the Championship table.
Forest have drawn their last two games, while Frank Lampard’s County have been held in their previous two league away matches.
As honours were also even between the two teams in both meetings in 2018, backing another draw at 23/10 with BetVicor looks value.
Derby day as the Reds and Rams do battle have been very close in recent times. Three of the last four encounters have finished level.
It’s a result that satisfies neither set of football fans, but there is reason to believe another draw could be on the cards.
Form line through Preston suggests share of spoils
Both Forest and County have drawn a blank in stalemates at Preston North End – a team in and around them – this month.
Lampard has also suffered consecutive losses in all competitions coming into this big game and will want to make sure Derby keep things tight at the home of their fiercest rivals.
The Reds, meanwhile, have kept one clean sheet in 12 games since their last clash with County and new manager Martin O’Neill will also want to shore things up at the back.
Given those last couple of meetings between them have finished 0-0, a correct scoreline bet on both drawing a blank again is a big price at 9/1 with Unibet.
It’s also worth considering what a draw at half-time and that being the final result is. This market yields best odds of 9/2 with BetVictor.
The safest option looks backing Forest and Derby to again share the spoils in this most intense of local rivalries though.
Bet of the Day: Nottingham Forest v Derby is a draw at 23/10 with BetVictor.