The Rams go into tonight’s encounter at Pride Park Stadium against Charlton Athletic looking to extend their unbeaten League run on home soil, after an opening day draw with Sheffield Wednesday and an impressive 5-1 victory over Watford prior to the international break.
The game marks the Rams’ second fixture against newly-promoted sides in the space of three days, following on from Saturday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Charlton arrive at Pride Park with a similar opening record as the Rams, with one League win in the opening five npower Championship fixtures.
And here on dcfc.co.uk, we will bring you all you need to know in the build up to tonight’s game against Chris Powell’s men.
Derby County Team News
The Rams have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the arrival of Charlton this evening, and manager Nigel Clough could be boosted by the return of Paul Coutts.
The former Preston North End midfielder missed out on Saturday’s defeat to the Terriers through illness, however returned to full training on Friday and could force his way back into contention.
Elsewhere, Mason Bennett (thigh) and Mark O’Brien (knee) continue their rehabilitation from injury, although the duo are expected to return to full training this week.
Club Captain Shaun Barker (knee) remains sidelined for the entire 2012/13 campaign.
Charlton Athletic Team News
Yesterday the Addicts confirmed that left-back Rhoys Wiggins faces a spell on the sidelines after X-rays confirmed that he suffered two fractures to his foot on in Friday night’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
The former Bournemouth defender landed awkwardly midway through the first-half of the South London derby at The Valley.
Elsewhere, Matt Taylor (foot) and Andy Hughes (Achilles) continue their comeback from injury, whilst goalkeeper Nick Pope (knee) has resumed training.
Tickets are still available in areas of Pride Park with prices starting from £17 for adults, £14.50 for senior citizens and £8.50 for under 18 in Category E areas, rising to just £29 for adults, £20.50 for senior citizens and £12.50 in Category AA seats.
Matchday prices are subject to change under the wing of Dynamic Ticket Pricing, so make sure you buy early to ensure you get your seat at the best possible price.
Tickets can be purchased right up until kick-off from the Digonex Ticket Office, by calling 0871 472 1884 (option 1) and by visiting WeAreDerby.com.
Manager Nigel Clough: “It’s nice to be back home at Pride Park, especially as we’ve scored 12 goals in three games so far this season in front of our home fans.
“We want to continue in that form. We like attacking at every opportunity and that will only get the crowd going as well, as we’ve seen already.
“Before the Huddersfield game I mentioned we were looking forward to the week ahead and although we were disappointed to lose on Saturday, we’ve got two good games to look forward to now.
“The players were disappointed with how Saturday went so hopefully they can take their frustration out on Charlton, and then Burnley.”
Man In The Middle
David Phillips from West Sussex will take charge of proceedings at Pride Park Stadium this evening.
The game will be Phillips’ first npower Championship fixture of the season, after taking charge of two League One fixtures and one Capital One Cup game.
In his three games this season, Tierney has brandished 10 yellow cards and one red card.
Phillips’ previous Rams fixture came in the 2009/10 season, as Derby County battled out a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough, a game which saw Phillips branded Rhys Williams an 88th minute red card.
Last season Phillips dished out 102 yellow cards and eight red cards in the 33 games he officiated.
Fancy A Flatter?
Coral, the official betting and gaming partner of dcfc.co.uk, are offering odds of 6/5 for the Rams to secure their second home npower Championship victory of the season.
A draw is priced at 9/4, and Coral are also offering odds of 9/4 for an away victory for Powell’s men. More odds on the game and all this weekend's matches are available at http://www.coral.co.uk/fli/derby-county.
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