Derby vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Ch’ship
7:45pm Friday 13th September
Pride Park Stadium
Derby confront Cardiff at the Sky Bet Championship. Coverage gets Published live on Sky Sports Football in 7pm, while kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
Derby are without Jayden Bogle. Bogle hasn’t featured for over a month because of an ankle injury, but Rams manager Phillip Cocu says the 19-year-old full-back will go back to training in”a few days or a week”.
Tom Lawrence krystian Bielik and Richard Keogh can be found having been on international duty with Poland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. George Evans (thigh), Lee Buchanan (hamstring) and Ikechi Anya (H ) are sidelined, however Scott Malone, Florian Jozefzoon and Duane Holmes have recovered from injuries.
After returning from international duty cardiff midfielder Leandro Bacuna will be assessed ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match. Afterwards playing on Monday bacuna will link up with the Bluebirds squad.
Together with boss Neil Warnock saying because a relative is seriously sick, the Canada winger could miss out cardiff are awaiting Junior Hoillett. Jazz Richards (ft ) was ruled out after bumping with fellow defender Aden Flint in training.
Derby lost 3-0 at Brentford before the global break, meaning Phillip Cocu’s side are currently without a win since the beginning day of the year in the Championship, while they have also jumped out of the Carabao Cup to ferocious rivals Nottingham Forest in that moment.
Cardiff have drawn their last two matches, meaning the side of Neil Warnock have eight points. They begin the weekend 13th at the desk, although Derby are 19th.
Derby manager Phillip Cocu:”Their manager, Neil Warnock, includes a lot of experience, he has had success in the Championship so it’ll be a tricky game. The brief history between the clubs also make it bit game for the fans and your club. That is.
“They have rather an immediate game so it will definitely be a difficult game, but it’s down to us. We had a fantastic break, there is a fantastic feeling and good work done so we are extremely optimistic about the match on Friday.”
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock:”We have experienced an indifferent break It’s been good for the long term harms, Sol Bamba, Neil Etheridge, Marlon Package have done well. Matthew Connolly has had another op.
“We have had a couple of tears which have not helped us. We are a very long way from being aware of what our team is currently for tomorrow. Leo (Leandro) is not flying back before [Thursday] afternoon, it is scandalous how nations can eliminate that. Friday night after an international fracture does not help us.”
Matt Clarke was arguably the very in League One final season, together with his kind for Portsmouth procuring him a summer move to Brighton in the Premier League.
He definitely looked the part in the first sections 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 point, was dropped because of their last two league games and substituted by listing signing Krystian Bielik in central defence.
Clarke was back in Nottingham Forest in the side to get their Carabao Cup drubbing, however their 3-0 reverse at Brentford may induce Phillip Cocu to once again rethink his options. The would have plenty of different takers from the Championship if the Dutchman cannot find a spot for him.
Derby have dropped just one of their last five home league games against Cardiff (W2 D2 L1), dropping 3-4 in February 2017 beneath Steve McClaren.
Cardiff City have won just two of the last 10 Championship meetings with Derby (W2 D4 L4).
Derby have lost their last two matches in all against Nottingham Forest and Brentford – that the Rams have not dropped three consecutive matches by 3+ targets as November 1946.
Cardiff have finished only 916 short passes from the Championship this season – just Millwall have completed fewer (805).
Derby have won none of the last four home games in all competitions (W0 D2 L2), last surviving a longer streak beneath Nigel Pearson in August and September 2016 (six games).
Cardiff’s Josh Murphy was involved in four of their last eight league goals (1 goal, 3 assists).
It’s not looking so great for both Derby and Phillip Cocu. It is five with no win now and he actually got stuck to his group after Brentford thrashed them before the international break.
Cardiff have had more of a beginning and Neil Warnock is apparently lacking a bit of a spark. Is a bit of history in this fixture, though, and Warnock is not you to quickly forget anything! I fancy them to nick a triumph.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
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