Saturday, August 08, 2009


I like the odds for Derby County, who host newly promoted Peterborough United tomorrow, two consecutive promotions might catch up with the visitors and whilst they have funds available, a lower mid table finish seems on the cards.

The hosts will be without top scorer Rob Hulse, but have plenty of cover and boss Nigel Clough has the club buzzing and I understand the new signings have fitted in well. Clough is trying to play things down, but big things are expected this year, a huge crowd will be in attendance tomorrow and with three of their next four league games on the road, anything less than three points tomorrow, will be a disappointment. Confidence is sky high and Clough has his squad very fit and raring to go.

Leeds United will have no excuses this season and they have to get promotion, Simon Grayson has had plenty of time to get the squad he wants together and they have shown terrific ambition in keeping Jermaine Beckford at the club, when they could have cashed in. They did sell Fabian Delph to Aston Villa, but are pleased with replacement Micky Doyle, whom Grayson has chased for months.Delph has fantastic potential, but an expecrience hand goes a long way at this level and Doyle fits the bill perfectly.

Pre season could hardly have gone better for United and they should have too much fire power for Exeter City, who were a non league side 18 months ago. The visitors will have 2,000 fans in an almost 30,000 crowd, but have a completly new back line and might struggle to contact the United wide players, with both full backs making their debut. Home win.

6 points Derby -1/2 ball 2.11 asian line.

6.5 points Leeds United -1 ball 1.87 asian line.

Good Luck.

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