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Derby’s Doncaster domination to continue in the Championship

| 18.04.2014

Away defeats to Ipswich and Middlesbrough may have dented Derby’s lingering hopes of automatic promotion but they remain a good bet to beat Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Steve McClaren’s men go into the game as the 9/10 favourites for victory with Ladbrokes, having claimed wins on their previous two visits to the Yorkshire ground and while Doncaster are traditionally much stronger at home, recent form has been poor.

The hosts can be backed at a distant 3/1 for the win – a price that reflects a run of four defeats in their last five, including losses on their own patch to fellow strugglers Bolton and Birmingham.

With neither Derby nor Doncaster securing a stalemate in any of their last six competitive fixtures, the draw, priced at 5/2, looks an unlikely outcome.

Instead, goals at either end look more likely with both teams scoring in each of Donny’s last four fixtures while the Rams head into this one off the back of consecutive 3-1 wins in the Championship.

Odds of 3/4 are available on both teams finding the net in this clash, while those looking to combine both sides’ penchant for high-scoring affairs with Derby’s recent domination of this fixture are best off backing the away side to win with over 2.5 total goals scored looking a great bet at 19/10.

McClaren’s side have certainly made a habit of scoring three goals a game, having already seen off Donny on their own patch with a 3-1 win and are 29/10 to score over 2.5 goals while those backing a bit of déjà vu can get 14/1 on a Derby win by the same scoreline.

It could ultimately come down to the form of 18-goal striker Chris Martin, with the former Norwich man currently in outstanding form for the Rams, having netted in each of their last three domestic victories.

With the 25-year-old also Derby’s designated penalty taker, backing a win for the away side with a goal for Martin makes sense and is on at 12/5 with Ladbrokes.

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

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.