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Derby vs Rotherham Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Derby vs Rotherham Predictions

These two sides both made miserable starts to the season and have already switched managers with Steve McClaren now in charge at Derby and Kenny Jackett at Rotherham. Of the two, there is no question which one has the more reason for optimism right now.

Derby’s bizarre goal drought looks like it is finally over. They managed just 7 goals in their opening 14 league matches but have bagged five in their last two with things finally looking to be clicking in the final third. A brace from Tom Ince helped the Rams to a 3-2 win at Wolves last time out and there was also a goal for Darren Bent, who looks like he is winning the battle to be McClaren’s preferred striker. A home game against Rotherham is a dream for a striker looking to rediscover the goal touch and the former England international should get several chances in this one, so backing Bent to score anytime at 13/10 looks to offer value.

The Millers have already been cut adrift at the bottom and it’s hard to see how they are going to drag themselves out of trouble. Defensively they are the worst side in the division by some margin and Jackett has shown no signs so far of fixing those issues. Rotherham have collected just 1 point from 8 away games so far this term and have conceded a massive 3.13 goals per game on average on their travels. All of their away games and 81% of their matches overall have had over 2.5 goals and it is mostly Rotherham’s poor defending that has contributed to those stats.

With Derby having won their last two games and finally looking to be over their problems under Nigel Pearson, the only way should be up for them as they still have a lot of genuine Championship quality in their squad. They’ve just started scoring goals while Rotherham can’t stop conceding them, so backing Derby & Over 2.5 Match Goals at 11/10 looks to offer good value here.

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