We're far enough into the new season to get a glimpse of who might become embroiled in a relegation battle and who may be involved in a fight for a play-off or automatic promotion place. With most sides having played seven games so far, the likes of Leeds United, Wolves and Cardiff City are making their presence felt at the top end of the table whilst for the likes of Bolton, Brentford and Birmingham City, things aren't looking too promising.
As for Bristol City and Derby County, things are less certain. Both of these sides have been pretty hit and miss with ten points apiece from their Championship outings so far. Derby County have the advantage in that they have played one game less than all of the sides above them in the Championship table, apart from Ipswich Town, and should they put this game-in-hand to good use on Saturday afternoon, then they should climb into the top half of the league table.
Momentum is certainly on their side given that their last Championship outing resulted in a 5-0 hammering of Hull City last Friday evening. Bristol City could only manage a draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers but given that the Robins managed to put three past the Championship title favourites at Molineux, this result certainly shouldn't be sniffed at.
The / have the home side as 6/4 favourites to collect all three points this weekend and this is a fairly decent price given that they are unbeaten at home so far this season. Indeed we don't believe that the Rams will inflict upon the hosts their first defeat at Ashton Gate this term although at the same time we expect this to be an extremely closely-fought affair which should end with the spoils being shared. Bristol City are certainly no pushover while Derby County made clear their potential with the 5-0 hammering of Hull City last week and a draw seems the most logical outcome for two sides which may be in with a shout when it comes to a play-off place.
Back Bristol City v Derby County to end in a draw at 12/5 with Winner Free Bet
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