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Birmingham City v Derby County tips – honours even at St Andrews

Blues should hold the Rams in this Friday night Midlands derby

Birmingham City v Derby County tips – honours even at St Andrews

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Andy

August 21st, 2015

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Derby County started the season as Championship favourites although the Rams have made heavy weather of their opening three games.

A goalless draw at Bolton was followed by home draws against Charlton and Middlesbrough which means Paul Clement is still searching for his first win of the season.

Birmingham have made a steady start by beating Reading before a 2-2 draw at Burnley and Gary Rowett will relish the chance to face his former club at St Andrews.

The City manager has helped the team enjoy an upward curve since taking charge and keeping Demarai Gray this summer has been a big boost to a team who have play-off aspirations of their own.

Derby battled hard for a 1-1 draw against Boro on Tuesday night and it could be a similar story in this game, with Clement having been unfortunate to see so many midfield players sustain injury in the early stages of the season.

BETTING TIP: Draw @ 12/5 with bet365

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