Fulham v Derby
Saturday 18th November, 17:30
Live on Sky Sports
Fulham in turmoil
Fulham entered the international break on the back of a five-match winless streak, including a chastening defeat when visiting table-toppers Wolves. The Cottagers have slumped to 17th in the standings with head coach Slavisa Jokanovic coming under increasing pressure.
The Whites are also undergoing a bit of turmoil behind the scenes following the sacking of data specialist Craig Kline, leaving many supporters frustrated following a poor summer of transfer activity and lack of on-field progress since finishing in the play-off positions last season.
Holding midfielder Kevin McDonald is suspended for Saturday's encounter but winger Sheyi Ojo is back in training. Elsewhere, Jokanovic must decide whether to persist with Denis Odoi at centre-half or recall Tomas Kalas to the team.
Derby aiming to get back on track
Derby's impressive seven-match unbeaten run of results propelled the Rams briefly into the Championship top-six but a shock 4-2 home defeat to Reading in their last outing saw County slide to seventh.
Gary Rowett likened the start of his side to a Halloween horror show with a sluggish opening made worse by the early departure of injured skipper Richard Keogh. Derby's captain is fit enough to return to the fold this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Rams have proven clinical operators in the final third - only six second-tier sides have landed fewer on-target attempts this term - with Sam Winnall, David Nugent, Bradley Johnson and Matej Vydra all chipping in with regular goals.
Cottagers make little appeal
Fulham [2.45] have collected only two points from a possible 15 of late with three of their five defeats arriving against the current top-six. With the Cottagers bagging a sole success in eight outings at Craven Cottage this season, it's difficult to find the faith in supporting a home success.
The Whites are unbeaten in their last seven home league matches against Derby (W2-D5-L0) with Brian Clough the last visiting boss to taste success in West London, way back in 1969. But County will feel they're well-equipped to end that winless record this weekend.
Derby 3.45 have claimed four triumphs in their last five fixtures and look well worth supporting at 1.72 in the Double Chance market.
Back County's clinical attack to fire
Both Teams To Score has copped in seven of Derby's eight road trips this term and the same selection has banked in five of Fulham's past six fixtures in front of their own supporters. Unfortunately, the layers are well aware of such strong trends with BTTS as skinny as 1.46.
Goals should be forecast with only four clean sheets kept by the hosts in 31 Craven Cottage clashes since the start of last season and with Derby notching at least twice in each of their past five encounters, it may pay to support the guests scoring two goals or more at 17/10.
Back Derby double chance @ 1.72 in Fulham v Derby
Back Derby to score two goals or more @ 17/10 in Fulham v Derby