Hosts have had a fantastic run, which has seen them climb into the playoff race, they are an ambitious club and I am sure that one day, we will see them return to the top flight. However, they have put in two disappointing performances in a row, with a 0-0 draw at home to Doncaster, followed by a 3-2 loss at struggling Barnsley, where they were three down, before pulling back two late goals. They were never really in that contest and I feel that they might struggle again today, especially if they are distracted by their high profile Carling Cup game with Arsenal on Tuesday.
County have steadied a very shaky ship and lost just three in twenty starts, since the end of August. They remain a big, well supported club and Paul Jewell has a large and talented squad at his disposal, you only have to take a look at the quality of player he is prepared to release on loan, to realise that. He is always looking to improve his team and signed Luke Varney and James Tomkins on loan this week. Tomkins is only 19yo, but is held in very high regard at West Ham, who know a good centre back when they see one and he will strengthen the backline today. Scoring goals is not really a concern, they have notched two or more, in 8 of their last 12 starts and the signing of Varney, in a move which will be made permanent in January, will keep the other strikers "honest"and hungry.
5.5 points Derby County +1/2 ball 1.96 asian line.
Back later with a look at two more games.