Forest v Derby – Davies’ boys will come out on top in local derby
Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has played down the importance of tonight’s clash with Derby County – but is still determined to get all three points.
Forest are evens to beat a Derby side that has lost their last four league games – a run that has seen them slip to 12th in the table.
Forest may only be ahead of the Rams on goal difference, but while Derby have been in free fall, Forest have been steadily climbing the table. They have lost just two of their last ten and if they avoid defeat against Derby, will make it 30 games without loss at the City Ground.
Despite the cities being just a short bus ride from each other, Davies has demanded his players ignore the bitter rivalry and focus on getting three points.
He said: “There are only three points available today and the win over Palace will have given us three points that will be as important as any other available this season.
“It is a great day for the fans and they will get excited. But we will prepare very well for another game.
“The way we look at it is not about the colour of the jersey, the traditions of the club or what has happened in the past. We look at three important points and that is what I will be telling people.”
Forest will be well rested heading into this game. Following the postponement of their last two league games, Davies’ men haven’t played since their 3-0 win against Crystal Place on December 10.
Derby have won only two of ten away games this season and have won just once in 33 years at Forest, so backing Forest to win at evens looks to be well worth a bet.
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