Home comforts for Derby

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: November 21 2012, 21:03 GMT

Craig Chisnall expects wins for Derby and Coventry as he previews the Championship and League One action.

Derby have a decent home record this season

Derby's home form could yet lead to a push for the play-offs and I'd back the Rams to maintain their impressive record at Pride Park against Birmingham this weekend.

Nigel Clough's men have flattered to deceive in recent seasons - threatening play-off challenges only to fall away and finish 19th and then 12th last term.

But Clough finally has the squad he wants after trimming the huge wage bill he inherited and there are signs they are now on the up.

They've already seen off Watford and Blackpool 5-1 and 4-1 on their own patch this term and in 17-year-old midfielder Will Hughes the Rams seem to have a star of the future on their hands.

Spanish giants Barcelona are the latest clubs rumoured to be monitoring his progress and he's been a shining light this term.

At odds-against in Saturday's late kick-off I'd take them to see off Lee Clark's inconsistent Blues side.

Earlier in the day Blackburn will welcome in-form Millwall to Ewood Park buoyed by their first win under Henning Berg at Peterborough.

Their 4-1 rout of Peterborough last weekend could have been a cricket score with star striker Jordan Rhodes filling his boots by bagging a hat-trick.

The £8m Rovers paid for Rhodes is already looking a snip and even though the Lions haven't lost in 10, the price on a home win looks too good to ignore.

I'd add that price into a treble with high-flying

Middlesbrough and Ipswich.

Boro are a short odds-on price to see off struggling Bristol City and continue their automatic promotion challenge. Anything other than a home win would be a huge shock.

New Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has been given a sign of the job he's got on with a 5-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and 6-0 at Leicester last weekend but they should have the quality to win the basement battle with Posh at Portman Road.

I always like to look at an outside bet for the weekend and the big price that catches my eye is that of leaders Crystal Palace at Leeds.

The Eagles are odds-against with Boylesports to make it six wins on the spin and inflict a fourth defeat on the trot on Neil Warnock's men. It's a price well worth taking a punt on.

In League One, Coventry's resurgence under Mark Robins is showing no signs of abating just yet and I'd pile into them to inflict more woe on Portsmouth.

Since Robins replaced Andy Thorn the Sky Blues have soared out of the drop zone and have won four out of five.

Robins' decision to hand mercurial midfielder Carl Baker the captaincy has worked wonders and loan striker David McGoldrick is in the form of his life with ten goals in his last ten games.

They've saved their best form for the road but with Pompey losing their last six I can't see anything other than a home win.

Second-placed Sheffield United head to Brentford this weekend but I don't think they will have it all their own way.

Griffin Park is always a difficult place to visit and Uwe Rosler's men have lost just once in West London this season.

The Blades have also been difficult to beat this term, losing just once, so the draw at 12/5 with Sky Bet should be taken advantage of.

Another big price that catches the eye is for Crewe to beat Crawley at Gresty Road.

Alex will be full of confidence from the way they played in the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United on Tuesday while Town have failed to hit the heights of earlier in the season.

Richie Barker's men have not won in five so the home win is the bet to get on here.

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