TWO of England's best-ever midfielders are trying to make their names as managers.
Steven Gerrard has already caused a stir at Rangers and Frank Lampard is turning head at Derby.
Gerrard's job comes with massive pressure but expectations at County are also huge and Lamps is winning fans over after a slow start.
His side have edged into the top six after successive Championship wins and a 4-0 thrashing of Hull in the EFL Cup made it three in row.
That victory was confidently tipped by Rams fans Nathan and he doubled them up with Derby's return to the KC today.
Both sides made changes for that tie but it's clear Derby have more in reserve and will be out to repeat the result today against the side that knocked them out in last season's play-off semi-finals.
Interestingly Derby won the second leg 2-0 at the KC and have only lost once there in 2013.
I'm on Lampard's side today at 17-10 with McBookie and if you have any doubts consider Derby draw no bet at 10-11 with Marathonbet.
As far as the Premier League goes my antepost picks are already looking good. I tipped Man City to win the title, Man City/Liverpool straight forecast and Liverpool to finish second. I also backed Spurs for top four.
Liverpool are one of four teams with a 100 per cent along with Spurs, Chelsea and Watford but City still look the ones to beat despite being held at Wolves last weekend.
Pep Guardiola's side face an ordinary Newcastle who played for a 0-0 at home to Chelsea last week but conceded a late own goal to crash 2-1.
If you play for a point at home you need to get and fans and former players lined up to slate boss Rafael Benitez's tactics.
Newcastle have picked one point out of nine and face a heavy defeat at the Etihad where they have lost 3-1, 6-1, 5-0, 4-0 and 4-0 in the past five seasons.
That's an average of more than four goals conceded and City are only 13-8 at Paddy Power to score 4+ today.
It's still backable with 3+ team goals returning 8-13 at BetStars and City no bigger than 1-8 to win.
Liverpool face a decent test at Leicester where they won last season after three defeats in a row at the King Power.
Elsewhere I like Everton at 8-15 with Ladbrokes at home to Huddersfield and Wolves have a chance at 19-10 with McBookie at West Ham.
Steve Evans's side have started with five straight wins and 15 goals scored with Jason Cummings netting five in his last three. He's taking penalties and is 5-1 at Betway to score first.
Sunderland, under Jack Ross, trail Peterborough by two points and should keep pace by seeing off Oxford at home. They are 8-15 at McBookie to make it three home wins on the spin.
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