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MATCH PREVIEW: DERBY V TOWN

28 November 2017

A look at tonight’s clash as Blues travel to Pride Park

Current standings: Gary Rowett’s Derby occupy the final Play-Off place following victory over Middlesbrough last time out, and could rise to fourth with three points against Town. Mick McCarthy’s Blues are 10th but a win  this evening would push Blues up one place at least.

League form:

Derby - 10/15 points.                                               
Leeds (A) W 2-1                                                         
Reading (H) L 4-2                                                       
Fulham (A) D 1-1                                                        
QPR (H) W 2-0                                                          
Middlesbrough (A) W 3-0  

Town – 5/15 points
Cardiff (A) L 3-1   
Preston (H) W 3-0    
Hull (A) D 2-2    
Sheff Wed (H) D 2-2                             
Aston Villa (A) L 2-0

Last time we met: Town 0-3 Derby 31.01.17
Derby cruised to victory when the two clubs last met in January. First-half strikes from Craig Bryson, Tom Ince and Darren Bent secured three points for the visitors at Portman Road. Rams immediately established an advantage when Bryson struck in the early stages and in the 12th minute they had a second as Ince found the net with a stunning curled effort. Blues grew into the game but the result was put beyond doubt when former Tractor Boy Bent headed in from close range in first-half stoppage time.

Previous meetings at Pride Park:
06.04.13 Derby 0-1 Town
01.10.13 Derby 4-4 Town
30.08.14 Derby 1-1 Town
07.05.16 Derby 0-1 Town
13.09.16 Derby 0-1 Town

One to watch: Matej Vydra.
With seven goals in his last six Championship matches, Matej Vydra is hot property for Derby right now. The Czech attacker put three past Middlesbrough last time out to take his league tally to 11 this campaign while also chipping in with two assists. Vydra boasts the best minutes-to-goal ratio (converting on average every 79 minutes) in the Championship for anyone that’s scored more than five times this season.

Could be the difference: Mick McCarthy.
Mick is unbeaten in his last 10 away league visits to Derby (W6 D4). His last defeat there came in March 1995 when his Millwall side lost 3-2 at The Rams’ old Baseball Ground.

 


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