Nottingham Forest - Derby County Betting Preview: Expect goals and cards in a feisty encounter

East Midlands derbies are always eventful affairs, with the local bragging rights at stake ensuring entertainment. Al Hain-Cole is expecting to see plenty of action at both ends
Despite Premier League rivals Aston Villa and West Brom going head-to-head on Sunday, the biggest game of the day in England is surely the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

The fierce rivalry between these two sides means that there is much more than just three points to play for at the City Ground, with the Brian Clough Trophy up for grabs as a symbol of local bragging rights.

Visitors Derby currently hold the honour after doing the double over Forest last season, and you can back them to make it a hat-trick of victories at odds of 14/5 (3.80) with Paddy Power.

The hosts will be desperate to restore pride with a home win, and their five match unbeaten run at the City Ground makes them favourites to do so, at odds of 10/11 (1.91).

The two teams have not shared the spoils in nine games now, but you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on a draw taking place in this one.

Just two points separate this pair in mid-table after seven games, as both sides have been hampered by an inability to keep a clean sheet.

Fortunately their attacks have largely made up for such defensive frailty, and 11 out of 14 games featuring these two this season have seen goals scored at either end.

Backing both teams to score therefore seems like a no-brainer in this encounter, and is available at odds of 4/6 (1.67).

The last few meetings between these sides have been extremely feisty affairs, with a man sent off in each of the last three.

With little love lost between these rivals, it is worth having a bet on the referee producing a red card on Sunday, which is on offer for odds of 5/2 (3.50).

Both teams to score at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power
Red card to be shown at 5/2 (3.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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