Derby vs Cardiff
Sky Bet Ch’ship
7:45pm Friday 13th September
Pride Park Stadium
Derby face Cardiff at the Sky Bet Championship. Coverage has underway live on Sky Sports Football from 7pm, whilst kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
Derby are again without Jayden Bogle. Bogle has not featured for over a month due to an ankle injury, but Rams boss Phillip Cocu says the 19-year-old full-back will go back to instruction in”a few days per 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 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 will be evaluated ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match. Bacuna will link up late with the Bluebirds squad in the east midlands afterwards playing on Monday.
Cardiff will also be waiting with manager Neil Warnock stating because a family member is sick, the Canada winger may overlook. Jazz Richards (ankle) has been ruled out after bumping with fellow defender Aden Flint in practice.
Derby lost 3-0 in Brentford before the international break, meaning Phillip Cocu’s negative are now without a win since the beginning day of the season at the Championship, even though they also have crashed from the Carabao Cup to ferocious rivals Nottingham Forest at the moment.
Cardiff have drawn on their last two games, which Neil Warnock’s side have eight points from six games so far this season. While Derby are 19th they start the weekend 13th at the desk.
Derby boss Phillip Cocu:”Their boss, Neil Warnock, includes a lot of expertise, he’s had success in the Championship so it’ll be a tricky game. The brief history involving the clubs make it bit game for the club and the fans. That is.
“They have quite an immediate game so it’s going to unquestionably be a difficult game, but it’s down to us. We had a fantastic break, there is a fantastic feeling and great work done so we’re very optimistic about the game on Friday.”
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:”We have had an indifferent break It has been good for the longer term harms, Sol Bamba, Neil Etheridge, Marlon Pack have all done well. Matthew Connolly has had another op.
“We’ve had a couple of tears that have not helped us. We’re a very long way from knowing what our staff is currently accountable for tomorrow. Leo (Leandro) isn’t flying back before [Thursday] afternoon, it’s scandalous how countries can get away with that. Friday night after an international fracture doesn’t help us.”
Matt Clarke was arguably the ideal centre-back at League One last season, together with his form for Portsmouth procuring him a summertime move to Brighton from the Premier League.
He definitely looked the part in the first sections of this season for Derby, later joining on loan by the Seagulls, and he certainly would not have expected to be warming the bench at this phase, having been dropped because of their previous two league matches and replaced by record signing Krystian Bielik in secret defence.
Clarke was back at the side for their Carabao Cup drubbing in Nottingham Forest, but their 3-0 reverse at Brentford may force Phillip Cocu to once again rethink his options. If the Dutchman can not locate a place for him, the would have plenty of other takers in the Championship.
Derby have dropped one of the final five home league matches against Cardiff (W2 D2 L1), dropping 3-4 from February 2017 under Steve McClaren.
Cardiff City have won only two of their past 10 Championship encounters together with Derby (W2 D4 L4).
Derby have dropped their past two matches in all competitions 3-0 from Brentford and Nottingham Forest – that the Rams haven’t dropped three games by 3 targets because November 1946.
Cardiff have finished just 916 short passes in the Championship this season – just Millwall have completed fewer (805).
Derby have won not one of the past four home games in all competitions (W0 D2 L2), last surviving a longer run under Nigel Pearson at August and September 2016 (six games).
Cardiff’s Josh Murphy has been included in four of the last eight league goals (1 goal, 3 assists).
It’s not looking good for both Derby and Phillip Cocu. It’s five without a win now and he actually got stuck into his group after Brentford thrashed them before the break.
Cardiff have experienced more of a beginning and Neil Warnock seems to be lacking a little spark. There is a bit of history in this fixture and Warnock isn’t one to forget anything! I fancy them to nick a triumph.
David Prutton predicts: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
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