What a week it has been for Frank Lampard and Derby County.
The Rams followed up a superb home win over high-flying Brentford with an even better display of fearless attacking football in front of a near-stunned Old Trafford crowd in their Carabao Cup victory over Manchester United.
Their next assignment is a ground just half an hour away from the Theatre of Dreams as Lampard’s side face Bolton Wanderers, an outfit that are slowly starting to fall away after a blistering start to their season.
Despite starting to the season with a brilliant ten points in their opening four Championship games, Phil Parkinson’s Bolton are starting to regress further down the league table. They are now winless in five, scoring only three times in that period, so it’s fair to say that they are up against it when a Derby side brimming with confidence visits the University of Bolton Stadium.
At even-money (William Hill) Derby look like cracking value. Cup runs can be something of a distraction for Championship sides, but here we have a Derby side that are full of energy and confidence, following a display at Old Trafford that saw them create a host of chances whilst showing plenty of neat interplay.
The two standout performers in that victory were Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, and you won’t be far off if you back either of them to find the back of the net this weekend. Wilson, on loan from Liverpool, has now scored in back-to-back games, including that out-of-this-world free kick against United, and is 5/2 with Ladbrokes to score anytime. Chelsea loanee Mount, meanwhile, averages either a goal or assist in each of his last 19 games for the Rams and previous loan club Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie. Mount is 11/4 with Paddy Power to find the net here.
Derby won’t have it all their own way, though. Bolton showed in their early season formthat they have the quality to hurt opposition, and Derby’s disappointing lack of clean sheets in recent weeks (one clean sheet in their last five games) gives Wanderers a glimmer of hope. With that in mind, I’ve gone for a bit of extra value in the form of a Rams win and both teams scoring – the double pays 10/3 with Coral.
Championship Treble: £10 on Derby County (to beat Bolton), Blackburn (Nottingham Forest) and Middlesbrough (Hull) returns £78 with Paddy Power.
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