Derby County’s home form lately has been very strong: Frank Lampard’s side pummelled Rotherham 6-1, then defeated Bolton 4-0.

Although it is tempting to point out that those are the two teams likely to be relegated with Ipswich, it is also worth bearing in mind that the Rams lost their reverse fixtures with both in September – we could be seeing a new-found maturity in this side.

There has always been individual quality in Derby’s forwards – Tom Lawrence, Martyn Waghorn and Harry Wilson – but it’s important to have somebody in midfield who can bring them into play.

While Mason Mount was out, the East Midlanders did not have a direct replacement capable of filling that role but since the Chelsea loanee has returned, he has had a transformative impact on home performances.

He has shown a good first touch, a willingness to be brave in possession, accurate yet positive passing and an eye for a through ball.

If Mount and Derby play to their full capability, it is difficult to see Queens Park Rangers stopping them.

Just two of the last 13 points QPR have earnt have come away from Loftus Road and, when they faced higher-placed sides without the fervent backing of home fans lifting their energy levels like against Leeds and Swansea, they can be vulnerable.


Derby to win and Over 2.5 goals –

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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