Scotland winger is delivering for Derby, so best odds of 6/1 with bet365 for Russell to have final say as County welcome Whites to Pride Park must be taken.
Johnny Russell has scored last on both of his previous two Derby County appearances going into a home game with Leeds United, so a top price of 6/1 with bet365 for him to have the final say again looks a sumptuous bet.
Named in Gordon Strachan’s Scotland national squad to face Georgia and then World Cup winners Germany in the latest round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, rampant Rams wideman Russell owes his place on the roster to fine early season form.
Both Paul Clement and Uwe Rosler are seeking their first wins of the Championship season at Pride Park in this live televised Saturday lunchtime fixture on Sky Sports. County and the Whites have recorded four draws apiece so far, making them unbeaten. While another share of the spoils looks tempting at best odds of 29/10 with BetVictor, something has got to give.
Recent history favours the home team with three of the last four results going in favour of whichever side played in front of their own fans. Derby’s expensively assembled squad are thus odds-on at 4/6 with Coral and Sky Bet to give head coach Clement his first win since striking out alone into management.
Leeds, who have not tasted victory at Pride Park since 2002, are as long as 11/2 with bet365 to upset their hosts. County will clash with the West Yorkshire outfit, with whom they have legendary boss Brian Clough in common, without lucky defensive charm Jake Buxton.
Just to illustrate how talismanic Buxton has been in this fixture; the Rams have never lost when he has marshalled their defence, and the centre back has scored three in his last four against the Whites.
Russell, a best anytime scorer price of 9/4 with Stan James, is not alone in posing problems for Leeds. Derby striker Chris Martin has three in his last seven against them, striking first on every occasion he netted, so top odds of 9/2 say he shall break the deadlock again.
Whites front two Mirco Antenucci, 7/2 anytime with Betfred and Paddy Power, and Chris Wood, fantastic in that market at 4/1 with Betway, carry the goal threat for Rosler with two apiece this term.
Rampant Russell’s incursions from the left flank are what will get punters off the edge of their seat here, though.
Bookies.com best bet: Johnny Russell scores last @ 6/1 with bet365.