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Goals set to alight Championship’s top-of-the-table clash

| 01.01.2014

Fans of televised Championship football are in for a treat as the division’s top two sides in terms of form, Leicester and Derby, do battle at the King Power Stadium.

No other second tier side has accrued more points than this pair’s 13 over the past six games, and as a result there’s less room in the match betting market than a short formation train to London in rush hour.

The hosts are afforded marginal favouritism at 21/20 while both the draw and a Derby victory are priced up identically at 5/2.

Swerving the match odds is therefore strongly advised, especially as both sides are playing to their strengths, with Leicester failing to win just four of their 15 home games in all competitions and Derby on a five game unbeaten run on the road.

Instead, it’ll pay to follow the pair’s love for a game containing over 2.5 goals, with that outcome priced at a far shorter, but cast-iron guaranteed, 3/4.

Steve McClaren’s Derby are the Championship’s top scorers, with 48 goals in 24 games while Leicester cling to their coat tails on 42 strikes.

At home, it’s the Foxes who lead the league in net-rippling with 23 reasons to celebrate, while the Rams’ 25 goals is the league-standard for away games.

Finally, as if any more evidence was required that this clash will be see over 2.5 goals, the two sides have seen the most games leap over that line this season, with matching 18-6 records in favour of the overs.

Should that skinny price not appeal then combining the certainty that the total goal tally travels north of the line with the match result can provide Ladbrokes customers with lengthier options.

Leicester have enjoyed hosting Derby in recent times, avoiding defeat at home to their east Midlands rivals in eight straight meetings, winning all of the last four.

It’s 2/1 that the league leaders win a fifth straight clash in a game that contains over 2.5 strikes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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