Derby County v Nottingham Forest latest odds, news and free bets

Nottingham Forest are a club in mourning following the death of the club’s owner on Saturday, with Nigel Doughty tragically passing away having saved the club from administration when speaking £11 million in 1999

It is debatable whether the game should go ahead in such circumstances and the snow might well put paid to the contest at Pride Park, with the Tricky Trees having experienced a difficult season aside from this tragic news.

If this east Midlands derby does go ahead, then Nottingham Forest will be looking for a victory that they can dedicate to Doughty who very nearly saw the Midlands club get into the Premier League through the play-offs in recent seasons.

The visitors are five points adrift of the relegation zone and will soon start running out of games to avoid relegation to League One, although they can be backed at 11/4 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to win this contest and dent their arch-rivals’ promotion hopes.

The Rams sit 12th in the table, although a win would move them to within three points of Birmingham and Middlesbrough, the two teams that occupy the bottom berths of the play-off zone.

It is a surprise that you can get 5/4 (Boylesports free bet) about a County side that have been strong at home over the past few months and boast 8 victories from 14 games played at Pride Park this term.

Even so, the home side are without a victory in their last three games and perhaps Forest can pull something out of the hat, with Marlon Harewood and Marcus Tudgay set to give the home defence a few problems.

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