Derby and Forest's rivalry is arguably the biggest outside of the top division and the clash has witnessed many incredible moments over the years. With the next instalment fast approaching, as nerves begin to build, here's some of the best moments of the last decade's games to aid your excitement:
Paul Peschisolido's coffee cup:
In the 2003/04 season Derby were lucky to escape relegation to the old Division 2 (now League One) finishing just one point above the bottom three. Rams fans had something to smile about that March though after beating Forest 4-2, with three goals in the first 37 minutes. The second goal was the result of a bizarre incident involving a coffee cup that had found its way onto the pitch.
The incident in question is at 1:37:
Nathan Tyson's corner flag:
The next moment comes from one of the many player's to make the journey across the A52 and play for both clubs, Nathan Tyson. Tension boiled over when Tyson decided it would be a good idea to taunt Derby fans with a Forest corner flag after the final whistle, in a game that he scored and the Reds won 3-2. It's questionable whether this was necessary but it was certainly entertaining.
The 'knee-gate' incident:
Billy Davies' relationship with Derby and its fans has been a roller-coaster from the beginning. After initially gaining promotion with the Rams in 2007, Davies didn't last in the Premier League and joined Forest in 2009 – officially making him public enemy number one. The Pride Park fixture between these two in 2010 saw eight yellow cards and a late bust-up on the sidelines after which Billy Davies refused to shake the hand of Nigel Clough – Forest's second all time top goalscorer. Both teams were fined £35,000 after this skirmish, and a further £10,000 that had been suspended after the Nathan Tyson incident above. It's been confirmed that Davies will be on the touchline at the iPro on Saturday, after news that the hearing for the appeal of his five game ban has been delayed for 'personal reasons.'
Former Rams favourite denies the win:
Lee Camp came through the academy at Derby and made just under 100 appearances for the Rams during his time at the club. In 2008 whilst on an initial loan at Forest from QPR, Camp forced his way into fan's hearts with a last minute penalty save and then another excellent stop from the subsequent corner. The game ended 1-1 with Derby's Emmanuel Villa scoring for both teams.
Forest fans definitely won't thank me for this one. In the 2011/12 season Rams boss Steve McClaren was in the Forest dugout and saw another lively fixture between the two teams. Derby's number one Frank Fielding saw red inside five minutes and Andy Reid put away the penalty. Forest couldn't maintain the lead though, with Jamie Ward scoring an inspired individual goal after a Forest player had gone down and Nigel Clough urged his team to keep playing. 19-year-old Jeff Hendrick then bagged the winner with 18 minutes to play. The result more than made up for the embarrassment of losing 5-2 at the City Ground the previous year when Forest did the double over Derby.
The last 10 games:
Goals: Derby 13 - 13 Forest
Yellow cards: Derby 23 - 28 Forest
Red cards: Derby 3 - 2 Forest
Wins: Derby 5 - 4 Forest
Form has been proven not to matter in these games, which will suit both teams who despite being in the top six have not been on the best of runs – Derby without a win in four and Forest without a win in six.
The game is predictably a sell-out at the iPro, and Forest fans are in for something different as they'll be sandwiched in the south-east corner allowing Rams fans to sit behind the goal in the south stand for the first time.
Whatever the statistics say, this is a game likely to be full of incidents – quality isn't guaranteed but drama usually is.