Derby to ram home their advantage

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: December 12 2013, 16:49 GMT

Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's action in the Sky Bet Football League and fancies Derby to win again.

Derby can celebrate another three points
Derby can celebrate another three points

No side in the Championship can get close to the form Derby are in right now - and I'm backing them to carry it on at Charlton this weekend.

The Rams have been simply unstoppable in recent weeks, their 5-1 destruction of Blackpool last Saturday making it five wins on the trot.

They could even have had more in that game such is their attacking form at the moment in the new 4-3-3 system boss Steve McClaren has switched them to.

The former England manager was only appointed as Nigel Clough's successor at the end of September but he's given them a real impetus.

County have yet to be kept scoreless under McClaren and have scored 10 goals in their last three games with in-form striker Chris Martin helping himself to five of them.

The likes of Will Hughes, Jamie Ward and on-loam Tottenham forward Simon Dawkins are also in great form and they look a real threat every time they enter the opposition half.

The Addicks meanwhile have slipped into relegation trouble and will be without inspirational captain Johnnie Jackson. The Rams can't be ignored at 13/10.

Clough's new club Sheffield United aren't in the same form as his former employers but there are positive signs at long last for Blades supporters.

After a woeful start to the season that saw David Weir, who was only appointed in the summer, sacked Clough has steadied the ship.

They won an extremely tricky FA Cup tie 2-0 at Skrill Premier leaders Cambridge United, who hadn't dropped a point at the Abbey Stadium all season, last Sunday with the minimum of fuss.

United should also be encouraged by recent league form that has brought five points from the last nine and their injuries are starting to clear up.

Their home form does need to improve with just three home victories this term but this weekend's visitors Swindon aren't great travellers, winning just twice on the road. I'm backing the Blades.

In League 2 I will have no hesitation in backing Oxford - the leaders are a surprisingly juicy 11/10 to beat Dagenham at the Kassam Stadium.

The U's have actually saved their best form for on the road this term with 21 of their 34 points coming away from Oxfordshire.

That form on the road carried on in the last week with excellent FA Cup wins at Gateshead and then Wrexham.

Chris Wilder's men have now lost just once in nine and have goals across their team with the likes of James Constable, Dave Kitson and Deane Smalley in fine form.

The Daggers have won just twice away from home and I believe the U's look great value to maintain their fine start.


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