Derby began the season very well, beating Birmingham, Watford, Blackpool and Doncaster in their opening four matches. However, County have only been able to add another 12 points in their subsequent ten matches and Saturday’s win over Portsmouth was their first in six matches.
Even so, Nigel Clough’s team sit 5th in the table and have a chance to cement their place in the play-offs with a home game against a team that have not been victorious on the road since winning at West Ham in August.
Derby are available at 9/4 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bets) to land the three points, something which would be their fifth victory of the season at Pride Park, with the Midlands side possessing some talented young players that could help them make it a season to remember.
Cardiff are three games unbeaten following home wins over Barnsley and Burnley, while Sunday’s match at Elland Road saw the Bluebirds go into the lead before being pegged back in the second half.
The Welsh side have endured plenty of play-off heartache in the past two seasons, although City can continue to move towards the automatic places with another win in this match – Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) offering 6/4 that the visitors oblige with the spoils.
Robert Earnshaw and Kenny Miller will both be keen to play against their former club, although Joe Mason was the preferred front man against Leeds.