Goalmouth action could be thin on the ground at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night.
Derby v Brentford - Tuesday 19:45
Derby resumed life under Steve McClaren with a nervy 1-0 win over Leeds at the weekend. It probably did little to cure the anxiety of the iPro faithful but the Rams’ refusal to overcommit bodies forward in pursuit of a killer second goal was probably wise. Performances don’t matter, McClaren wants demands only results until he gets chance to add more layers on the training field.
With just 21 attempts on target in their first six home games, and two goals scored, it’s a mystery why Derby are trading at odds-on against top-half opposition but, all things considered, ploughing into the visitors at 7/2 might be hasty. You’ll get more bang for your buck siding with the draw at 13/5. On a cost-value basis in this busy period, both teams can work with it.
Brentford were the latest team to hold their hands up and admit they were outclassed by Newcastle. The Bees fell two goals behind in the opening 17 minutes at St James’s Park, eventually going down 3-1. Against anyone else, a fightback might have been expected. Against the Magpies, though, the remaining 70-odd minutes were merely a half-paced damage-limitation exercise.
So the Londoners should have plenty left in the tank for this mission. With 15 of their 20 goals having been scored in the second half, Brentford will probably devote most of their focus to reaching the interval unbreached, mindful of how nervous the Rams will become. However, once that tone is set, a goal of any sort might be long time coming. Throw in no goalscorer at 10/1.