Leeds United provide the opposition for the hotly-anticipated Boxing Day clash at Pride Park.
Following the 2-1 home vicroty over Bristol City, a much-needed shot in the arm, Nigel Clough’s Derby succumbed to Ipswich with a controversial 0-1 defeat at Portman Road.
The last time The Rams met Leeds, Derby ran out 2-1 winners with a Ben Davies screamer the difference between the sides. In fact, the last three meeting with Simon Grayson’s team have ended up as 2-1 wins for The Rams.
Here’s hoping for a bit of Christmas cheer and the continuation of that run.
No quotes this week folks, just season’s greeting from the Vital Derby team!
The Rams Team News:
Rams midfielder Jeff Hendrick is out with suspected ligament damage, with Paul Green tipped to come back into midfield, meaning John Brayford will return to right-back.
Leading scorer Theo Robinson will be back in the squad and Nathan Tyson should also be involved.
Player to watch: Jamie Ward
Ward is the most creative outlet at Pride Park by some distance, at the moment.
He scored the equaliser against Leeds last season.
The Whites Team News:
Andy Lonergan and Alex McCarthy are battling it out for a place in the Leeds United goal.
Ross McCormack, Andy Keogh and Luciano Becchio are in the frame for Leeds’ two striking spots.
Player to watch: Ross McCormack
Striker McCormack has hot and cold spells in front of goal, but when he is on song, he is capable of scoring spectacular goals.
Afer a barren spell last season following his move from Cardiff City, he is flying and is one of the division’s danger men.
Match Facts & Stats
Derby County last 5:
Ipswich Town (a) 0-1
Bristol City (h) 2-1
Crystal Palace (a) 1-1
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 0-1
West Ham United (a) 1-3
Leeds United last 5:
Reading (h) 0-1
Watford (a) 1-1
Millwall (h) 2-0
Nottingham Forest (a) 4-0
Barnsley (h) 1-2
Derby County vs. West Ham United, Sat 31st December, 13:00pm, The Championship