Just two points separate these sides in the Championship table and a win for either would move them firmly into the play-off race near the top of the table.
They had contrasting results at the weekend with the Rams going down 3-1 at West Ham whilst the South coast team got a 2-1 win over struggling Coventry. Derby are really struggling at the moment and their odds of 8/5 (Victor Chandler – £75 free bets) look a little low.
They have lost five of their last six league games and have just one win in the last 10 after they had made a superb start to the campaign. They took the lead against the Hammers but were easily beaten in the end and confidence at Pride Park must be low.
The away side will hope to heap further misery on Nigel Clough’s side and boost their own promotion chances at the same time. They were many people’s outside tip to do well before the season started and, like their hosts, started the season in fine form. In many ways they have mirrored Derby, going nine games unbeaten, but Poyet’s men seemed to have turned the corner and two wins in three has seen them move above County.
The 2/1 being offered by Boylesports (£40 free betting) for them to take the points will tempt some punters, although their last away win was on 10th September.
Gus Poyet’s side keep things tight on the road and Derby will find it difficult to score against them. We fancy Brighton to continue their revival and take all three points. The home side could snatch a draw at 12/5 (Betfred) but we think it will be an away win to nil, available at 10/3 (bet365).