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Battle between play-off hopefuls Derby and Wolves a question of momentum

16 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Battle between play-off hopefuls Derby and Wolves a question of momentum

Sunday's Championship clash at the iPro Stadium should reveal which of the two Midlands sides is ready to keep climbing the table

Ten games in to a 46-fixture season feels too early to judge success.

Nevertheless, the Championship table is taking form and teams will be assessing how they are matching up against their own pre-season aspirations.

Before a ball had been kicked in August, both Derby County and Wolves would have been aiming for a play-off place, if not higher.

The two clubs finished last season in seventh and eighth respectively, just outside the play-offs.

Derby missed out by a single point, whereas goal difference was the only thing impeding Wolves.

They will be determined to avoid the same fate this time around, yet at present both find themselves in familiar territory.

Derby sit seventh and Wolves are ninth, so Sunday’s fixture between the two is a chance to lay down a marker in the promotion push.

The Rams are 4/5 favourites to win the game as they welcome their opponents to the iPro Stadium.

And with good reason.

After a difficult start, they have put together a strong sequence of results and are now unbeaten in five matches, the latest of which was a comfortable 2-0 home victory against Brentford.

Momentum is one of those intangibles that seems to matter so much in football and Derby will feel they have it.

One man in particular certainly does.

Tom Ince has scored the final goal in their last two games and can be backed to do so again at 11/2.

Derby also have recent history in their favour, comfortably dispatching the Wanderers 5-0 at home last season.

But while the Rams may be in the box seat, this Wolves team are capable of crashing their party.

Consecutive 3-0 victories against Fulham and Huddersfield respectively have pushed the West Midlands side up the table and they are 66/1 to make it three 3-0 wins in a row.

There was understandable concern when owner Steve Morgan unexpectedly put the club up for sale last month, with fears it would have a detrimental effect on the team.

It actually seems to have done the opposite.

Wolves have played their most convincing football of the season since the announcement and will be determined to continue their good form this weekend.

Benik Afobe is currently their top scorer with six goals and, having bagged a brace on his last outing, is 13/2 as first goalscorer and 9/4 to score at any time.

Again it comes down to the ‘M’ word: momentum.

Both teams are looking to utilise it and both will need it to sustain a push for the play-off places this season.

By three o’clock on Sunday afternoon, we’ll know a lot more about each team’s chances.

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