Derby County odds on to match club record

Derby County's form under new manager Steve McClaren has been very impressive and now it's potentially record breaking.

Derby County's win against Doncaster Rovers made it seven consecutive victories and with the Rams named favourites for both their games against Huddersfield and Barnsley, it could put Steve McClaren next to Brian Clough in the record book.

The Rams set their club record of nine consecutive wins during their 1968-69 second division title winning season under the tutorship of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor. Derby won their final 9 games that season, ensuring the Rams were promoted as Champions and an impressive 7 points off their closest rivals, Crystal Palace, who were also promoted along side them.

The team that set the record included a staggering 6 out of the 11 names that was chosen for Derby County's all-time XI, which was picked in 2009. The names of Colin Boulton, Roy McFarland, Ron Webster, Alan Durban, Alan Hinton and 'king' Kevin Hector all carry a lot of weight with Derby County fans and now the likes of Lee Grant, Jake Buxton, Craig Bryson, Chris Martin and Will Hughes could all join them in the record books.

Derby started their impressive run at the start of November, with an impressive 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday. Since then they have beaten Bournemouth, Wigan, Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Charlton and Doncaster to make it 7 and with bookies backing the Rams for wins over both Huddersfield and Barnsley then 2013 could end up being an historical year for the club.

Steve McClaren and his men know that this league can throw up surprises and will continue to keep their feet firmly on the floor, but in the form they're in and the amount of goals they're scoring then you would find it difficult not to back Derby to notch 9 consecutive wins, and with the Rams likely to be favourites for their home clash on New Years Day against Wigan they could claim the record outright.

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