Power ready to pay out on Rams falling.
IT is the first day of September yet Derby are doomed to relegation if they fail to beat Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, writes Mark Langdon.
Well that is the view of Paddy Power, who will pay out on the Rams being relegated if they don't win on Merseyside today to any punter who had their relegation bet from as late as Thursday.
A shock victory is rated at a best-priced 18-1 (despite Steven Gerrard missing out for Rafael Benitez's side) so it looks extremely likely that the Irish layers will be coughing up to punters who steamed into the Rams for the drop at ante-post prices of 1-2.
Billy Davies's team are now 1-4 to slip back to the Championship after collecting just one point from their opening four Premier League games, and Paddy Power believe it is already all over for the play-off winners.
"Ask anyone who'll be relegated and 99 out of 100 have Derby in their bottom three," said spokesman Paddy Power.
The Rams, who are already tailed off at the foot of the table, are 33-1 with Paddy Power to go through the whole campaign without celebrating a Premier League victory, while Totesport are also expecting the Rams to struggle for the remainder of their season.
Sunderland have the lowest top-flight tally (15 points in 2005-06) since the Premier League was formed, and Derby are 9-4 to fail to reach that figure.
Totesport make them 1-3 to get to at least 15 points, and Davies attempted to rectify their worrying situation yesterday by signing Scotland international striker Kenny Miller on a threeyear deal from Celtic.
Paddy Power - number of league games Derby will win this season: 33 none, 18 one, 11 two, 7 three, 11-2 four, 4 five, 6 six, 8 seven, 10 eight, 14 nine, 9-2 ten or more.
Totesport - Derby to get 15 points: 1-3 yes, 9-4 no.