It is safe to say that just two games ago most Rams fans worried about the possibility of Derby County not making the play-off’s yet again. With the now Annual slide and loss of form in force it looked as though the Rams season was coming to a juddering halt.
Now with two quick wins on the bounce, a change of Captain and central pairing things appear to have changed for the better. What better way to test out the new look side than an away game with runaway Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers!
Looking at the records connected with the game it could be very close, as the Rams just have the advantage in wins over Wolves (65 to 54), with 33 of the 152 drawn.
One game Derby County will be hoping can be repeated is the 10th January 1891 game, where the Rams won 9-0, their record league win.
Getting back to reality, the game in 2018 is a whole different ballgame. Wolves have invested heavily in talented Portuguese players such as Ruben Neves, Diago Jota, Helder Costa and Ivan Cavelero, but the gamble has paid off and Wolves now within touching distance of the Premiership.
Derby has also invested this season, but have looked to bring in seasoned professionals from around the Home Nations. Tom Lawrence was brought in to replace Tom Ince and despite a slow start to his Rams career is now starting to put in performances that could make the investment work for both parties.
Matej Vydra also started slowly but has now hit 20 goals for the season and barring injury could hit plenty more in the run-in to the season.
Getting back to the game on Wednesday night, what are the likely scenarios? Could it be a heavy defeat for Derby or will the new defensive partnership hold firm and see the Rams come away with a point. Or do Derby have the nerve, skill and ambition to take the full three points back from Molineux?
The game goes out live on Wednesday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras. I can’t wait!