Death, taxes, and tight races for the Championship are three of life’s certainties and that adds an extra dimension to tonight’s clash between Nottingham Forest and Derby. There are seven points between Derby, who are currently seventh, and Sheffield Wednesday, who are fifteenth, with tonight’s hosts in the very middle of that pack in ninth place.
Forest are on a recent resurgence, having replaced Aitor Karanka with Martin O’Neill. O’Neill, a midfielder with the greatest Forest team of all time, which won the 1977-78 English title and then back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, has quickly managed to get the best out of what is a well-resourced squad.
They have collected eight points from six games since the ex-Ireland boss arrived and if anything they were unlucky not to add two more at Preston, when O’Neill was right to be annoyed at Joe Lolley’s goal being ruled out. Previously it had taken a late Jay Rodriguez penalty for West Brom to grab a point from them at the Hawthorns, extremely strong form by any measure.
The same cannot be said for Derby, who are still very much in the playoff race, but struggling badly of late. Frank Lampard appeared to have gotten the hang of management rather quickly after a slow start to the season but his 2019 has not been a bright one. Millwall took three points from Pride Park in midweek in a drab performance where they had one shot on target that coming in the 92nd minute.
Nottingham Forest v Derby County
19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
DEC 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 0-0 Nottingham Forest
MAR 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 0-0 Derby
OCT 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 2-0 Nottingham Forest
MAR 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 2-2 Derby
DEC 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest
MAR 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest
NOV 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby
JAN 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 1-2 Nottingham Forest
SEP 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham 1-1 Derby
MAR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Derby 5-0 Nottingham Forest
SEP 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby
That was preceded by a desperate showing when drawing 1-1 with Ipswich and Lampard simply can’t get his hands on Mason Mount and Tom Lawrence fast enough to bring the spark back into a side that looks vulnerable here. Take the hosts to keep up their recent progress.
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