Derby’s miserable run could be extended at Molineux
The TV cameras will be in attendance as Wolves face the Rams in a tasty Midlands derby with big implications at the top of the Championship.
A big crowd is guaranteed at Molineux as Kenny Jackett’s men bid to put some pressure on those in the top six over weekend while putting a severe dent in the automatic promotion hopes of Steve McLaren’s side.
Wolves were thrashed 5-0 at the iPro Stadium back in November but will fancy their chances of revenge as Derby’s push for automatic promotion has rather hit the buffers in the last couple of weeks.
McLaren’s team are without a win in five, results which have seen them slip out of the top two and back into fifth place. They were beaten in the play-off final last year so will want to avoid going down that route again but they are now five points off Watford and Middlesbrough, who won at the iPro on Tuesday, and are badly missing injured top scorer Chris Martin.
In contrast, Wolves have won four and lost only one of their last seven. They’ve only conceded five goals in those matches so Tomasz Kuszczak is proving an adequate replacement between the sticks for the injured Carl Ikeme.
Benik Afobe scored again in Tuesday’s comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday and looks certain to cause problems for a Derby back four that must be low on confidence at present after they were given the runaround by Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
With the international break coming up, this looks a good opportunity to Wolves to take some momentum into the final few weeks of the campaign. Wins for Brentford and Ipswich in midweek didn’t do them any favours and they’ll be sweating on the fitness of Richard Stearman for this one but Derby are probably there for the taking at present.
We have priced up a home win at 31/20 with under 2.5 total goals at 8/11.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, March 20 at Molineux.