Friday night football comes from the Championship as Derby County play host to Hull City.
Neither of these two teams have made a particularly impressive start to the season, having both garnered just seven points from their opening five league matches; as such, both teams will view this fixture as an eminently winnable one as they look to put together a positive run of results.
Derby had won three successive matches in all competitions until momentum was lost in a bitterly disappointing 3-1 defeat against newly promoted Sheffield United at Bramall Lane before the international break; back on home turf this time out, Gary Rowett's Rams will be determined to get back to winning ways and the hosts can be backed at even money (2.0) with bet365 to take all three points.
Hull halted a three match losing run with a thumping 4-0 win against Bolton Wanderers last time out, but the Tigers have yet to win a competitive match on their travels under the stewardship of Leonid Slutsky; bet365 go 13/5 (3.60) that Hull buck that trend in this game, while the same firm are 5/2 (3.50) that both teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
The Rams have scored more than a single goal in just one of their six competitive matches so far this season, while there have been fewer than three goals scored in four of those games; bet365 go 3/4 (1.75) that there are no more than two goals scored when Slutsky's men provide the opposition, while the same firm go 5/6 (1.83) that either side fails to score - a selection that would have seen punters profit from both of Derby's home matches thus far this term.
There is, however, plenty of potential for goals to flow in this renewal, for there have been no fewer than 19 goals scored in Hull's last five fixtures, with the Tigers scoring 11 and conceding eight; those who fancy Slutsky's side to be involved in another goal-laden game may be tempted by bet365's 21/20 (2.05) quote for more than two goals to be scored, while the 5/6 (1.83) price for both teams to find the target may be a solid selection.
Abel Hernandez started the season in superb form for Hull City, scoring three goals in as many matches, but the Uruguay international is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious injury in last month's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers; the striker's absence is sure to be keenly felt by the Tigers this term as they aim to secure an immediate return to the top tier.
Hull, however, have plenty of solid attacking options to fill Hernandez's boots; indeed, Adama Diomande, Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Brown were all on target against the Trotters in the Tigers' most recent match, while 20-year-old Brown has scored three goals in his last two games for Slutsky's men.
Former Hull City captain, Curtis Davies, will marshall the Derby defence, but the Rams will need to be at their best to keep the Tigers at bay and bet365's 12/5 (3.40) quote for Slutsky's team to score more than once may well prove popular.
Better value, though, could lie in backing a high scoring encounter and, so, it is bet365's 21/20 (2.05) quote for at least three goals to be scored that may represent best value for punters ahead of Friday's fixture.