Derby vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Ch’ship
7:45pm Friday 13th September
Pride Park Stadium
Derby face Cardiff at the Sky Bet Championship on Friday. Coverage has Published live on Sky Sports Football in 7pm, while kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
Derby are without Jayden Bogle. Bogle has not featured for over a month because of an ankle injury, however, Rams manager Phillip Cocu claims the 19-year-old full-back will return to instruction in”a few days or a week”.
Krystian Bielik, Tom Lawrence and Richard Keogh are available with been on duty with Poland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. George Evans (thigh), Lee Buchanan (hamstring) and also Ikechi Anya (calf) are sidelined, but Scott Malone, Florian Jozefzoon and Duane Holmes have recovered from injuries.
After returning from international duty with 21, cardiff midfielder Leandro Bacuna is going to be evaluated before the Sky Bet Championship game. Following playing on Monday Haiti at the Concacaf Nations League bacuna will link up with the Bluebirds squad.
Cardiff are waiting with boss Neil Warnock saying because a family member is sick, the Canada winger could miss out. Jazz Richards (ft ) has been ruled out after colliding with fellow defender Aden Flint in training.
Derby lost 3-0 in Brentford before the global break, meaning Phillip Cocu’s negative are now without a win since the opening day of the year in the Championship, while they have also crashed out of the Carabao Cup to fierce rivals Nottingham Forest in that time.
Cardiff have drawn their last two matches, meaning the side of Neil Warnock have eight points. Although Derby are 19th they start the weekend 13th at the desk.
Derby boss Phillip Cocu:”Their manager, Neil Warnock, has a lot of expertise, he has had success in the Championship so it will be a tricky game. The history involving the clubs make it maybe a tiny bit game for your club and the fans. That is.
“They have rather a direct game so it’s going to unquestionably be a difficult game, but it is down to people. We had a fantastic break, there’s a fantastic sense and great work done so we’re extremely positive about the game on Friday.”
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:”We’ve experienced an indifferent break It has been great for the long term harms, Sol Bamba, Neil Etheridge, Marlon Pack have all done well. Matthew Connolly has had another op.
“We’ve had a few little knocks that haven’t helped us. We’re a very long way from being aware of what our staff is accountable for tomorrow. Leo (Leandro) is not flying back until [Thursday] day, it’s scandalous how countries can get away with that. Friday night after an international break does not help us.”
With his form for Portsmouth securing him a summer trip to Brighton in the Premier League matt Clarke was arguably the best centre-back in League One final season.
He certainly looked the part in the early parts of this season for Derby, after joining on loan from the Seagulls, and he certainly wouldn’t have expected to be warming the bench at this stage, was dropped due to their last two league games and substituted by record signing Krystian Bielik in central defence.
Clarke was back in Nottingham Forest at the side to get their Carabao Cup drubbing, but their 3-0 reverse at Brentford a fortnight ago may induce Phillip Cocu to rethink his alternatives. If the Dutchman cannot find a spot for him the would have a lot of takers from the Championship.
Derby have lost one of the final five home league matches against Cardiff (W2 D2 L1), dropping 3-4 from February 2017 beneath Steve McClaren.
Cardiff City have won only two of the last 10 Championship meetings with Derby (W2 D4 L4).
Derby have lost their past two games in all competitions 3-0 from Nottingham Forest and Brentford – the Rams haven’t lost three games by 3 goals since November 1946.
Cardiff have completed just 916 short passes from the Championship this season – only Millwall have completed fewer (805).
Derby have won none of their last four home games in all competitions (W0 D2 L2), continue surviving a longer streak beneath Nigel Pearson at August and September 2016 (six games).
Cardiff’s Josh Murphy has been active in four of the last eight league goals (1 goal, 3 assists).
It’s not looking great for both Derby and Phillip Cocu. It is five with no win today and he actually got stuck to his group after they were thrashed by Brentford before the break.
Cardiff have experienced more of a start and Neil Warnock is apparently lacking a bit of a spark at the minute. Is a bit of recent history in this fixture, even though, and Warnock isn’t one to forget such a thing! I fancy them to make a triumph.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
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