Fourth take on fifth in an all-play-off clash at Pride Park. Nigel Clough’s Rams are sitting one place above Norwich City but both sides experienced differing fortunes in the games last weeks. The Rams slipped to a dissapointing 2-1 away defeat infront of the Sky cameras at Burnley, having led in the game, but Norwich City battered their local rivals Ipswich Town 4-1, thanks mainly to a hattrick from star striker and ex-Forest man Grant Holt. Derby will be looking to make in seven wins in a row on home soil.
Rams midfielder Kris Commons has highlighted the danger on City striker Grant Holt, but insists his side have enough to take all three points: ‘I know all about Grant, I spent a couple of years with him at Forest and he’s a good asset to the team,’ said in-form Commons.
‘Holty is a big strong lad and scores goals. He will be a threat but if we are firing on all cylinders, I don’t see why we cannot get the three points.
‘Hopefully, we can put on another performance at Pride Park, a performance the fans are used to seeing at home, where our form is strong.’
The Rams Team News:
Kris Commons will return after sickness kept him out against Burnley. The Rams have no new injury worres, and Chris Porter looks set to continue on the bench after his injury nightmare.
Player to watch: Kris Commons
After The Rams showed little attacking threat against Burnley last weekend, Commons’ return will be vital after a sickness bug kept him out. Gareth Roberts will also return to the Derby bench.
The Canaries Team News:
Adam Drury, Steven Smith, Matt Gill, Stephen Hughes and Zak Whitbread all miss out through injury. Canaries manager Paul Lambert is not expected to change the side that thrashed Ipswich.
Player to watch: Grant Holt
Holt has netted nine times in all competitions this season and looks threatening at this level. He didn’t look as lethal in his spell at Forest but appears to have found his feet in East Anglia.
Match Facts & Stats
Portsmouth (h) 2-0
Ipswich Town (a) 2-0
Leicester City (a) 0-2
Scunthorpe United (h) 3-2
Burnley (h) 2-2
Millwall (a) 1-1
Reading (a) 3-3
Leeds United (h) 1-1
Ipswich Town (h) 4-1
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