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Derby County may have hauled themselves into the top-two in the Championship although one cannot help but feel that it will all go wrong before the end of the season, as has happened numerous times in the past. The Rams have been here before and witnessed themselves dropping out of contention when the going got tough. Will it really be different this time around? We'll get a taste of what the Rams are capable of when they head to St Andrews this weekend for a meeting with an improved Birmingham City side.
Gary Rowett's Rams couldn't find a way past Manchester United in their weekend FA Cup third-round clash at Old Trafford although that was only to be expected, however in their Championship campaign they have impressed of late with two draws and five wins from their last seven league outings. They have conceded just two goals during this impressive run with twelve scored along the way and we're confident that they will edge past the hosts on Saturday afternoon.
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Things have also been going rather well for Birmingham City in recent weeks and while the West Midlands side remain very much in the danger zone with just a single point separating them from bottom side Sunderland, they have shown signs of improvement with their last two Championship games returning wins-to-nil over Leeds United and Reading. They dumped Burton Albion out of the FA Cup last weekend and Steve Cotterill will be confident that he can steer his side to another much-needed in front of their home fans this weekend.
We don't fancy the home side's chances too much however. They have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes of late, however their two league wins came on the back of a poor run which saw the Blues draw two and lose five of their previous seven outings. They managed a share of the spoils in the reverse fixture back in September, however Derby County are on a roll at the moment and we envisage them taking the three points back to the East Midlands this weekend with the hosts managing a consolation goal for their efforts.
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