Six games played and Nottingham Forest are stationed in 21st thanks to a series of lacklustre displays which have seen them gain five points in total.
The Tricky Trees were unlucky to lose at Southampton last weekend, although defeat at home to their arch-rivals on Saturday could mean that the writing is on the wall for Steve McClaren, with the former England coach having reportedly fallen out with the board over lack of transfer activity.
It is a surprise that Forest are odds-on to win this match after failing to win any of their first three at the City Ground, with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) going 5/6 that the home supporters witness a victory against the Rams.
It will be a typically charged atmosphere for this east Midlands derby, with McClaren likely to continue with Matt Derbyshire (11/2 – Paddy Power £100 free betting) in attack and it would be apt if he were to score the winner with a surname like that!
County supporters saw their team come out of the traps flying thanks to four straight wins, although this has been tempered by defeats against Burnley and Coventry which is starting to deflate that pre-season optimism. Even so, nobody understands this rivalry better than Nigel Clough and his team are a 7/2 chance to claim three valuable points.