Steve McClaren is too astute a coach to chalk up tomorrow's match against Charlton as three easy points. Rams fans are still celebrating their 5-0 thrashing of rivals Nottingham Forest last Saturday, but then slipped up in an away defeat at Ipswich. McClaren thinks that one time Ram Chris Powell was unfortunate to lose his job, but considers that Jose Riga has made the Addicks harder to beat: McClaren
Derby's home record is a bit more mixed than I expected: won ten, drawn four, lost five. Charlton are now 12th in the form table whereas Derby have slipped to 18th. They have won only one of their last six matches.
Derby are unbeaten in the last five meetings between the two clubs. In last season's encounter, they won 3-2 and they also won 2-0 at The Valley earlier in the season. I would be surprised but delighted by a Charlton win, but a draw is possible. However, I think that a home win is the most likely result.
Odds are Derby 8/13; draw, 11/4; Charlton, 9/2.