Off the back of their impressive win against Middlesbrough last time out, Derby County have a serious opportunity to further cement their top six position heading into the Christmas period when they face Ipswich Town on Tuesday night.
The meeting at Pride Park Stadium serves as the Rams’ game in hand on the rest of the Sky Bet Championship and ahead of the crucial meeting, dcfc.co.uk has compiled all of the pre-match information you are going to need…
WHAT’S THE LATEST TEAM NEWS
Sam Winnall and Bradley Johnson remain as the only doubts with respective injuries to their ankle and hamstring.
Speaking on injuries, Rowett told RamsTV: “I don’t think we have had any injuries from the weekend. I think Sam (Winnall) will be the only one that was always going to be touch and go for this game.
“I don’t think Johnno (Bradley Johnson) will be available and maybe the pair will have a chance for the weekend.
“It might be a case that, after a hamstring injury, that we leave him another week that he’s ready for the Christmas period.”
WHAT DID THE BOSS HAVE TO SAY?
Speaking ahead of the meeting with Ipswich, Gary Rowett told RamsTV: “We’ve sat here many a Tuesday or Saturday over my whole career where you don’t get what you think you might if you don’t work incredibly hard and show that drive and desire to grab it.
“For us, it is the next game and it’s a home game where we want to play better than we did against QPR.
“I watched that match back and we had some good moments, but just lacked that quality or composure that adds to some of those attacking moments.
“We want to get this game out of the way because we want to be level with everyone else and have always been playing catch up.
“The testament to our form over the last 11 games is that we’re in a terrific position going into it. We want to win all of our home games.”
WHO WE NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR
Since returning from his impressive stint with Scottish-side Rangers, Martyn Waghorn has slotted seamlessly back into football life in England.
From 16 appearances in the league so far this term, Waghorn has found the back of the net on nine occasions and is proving to be an integral of the Tractor Boys’ strong start to the 2017/18 season.
Graduating from Sunderland’s Academy of Light, Waghorn’s first senior appearance came in the Premier League in a 4-0 at home against Manchester United in 2007,
Over the course of the next three years, two separate loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Leicester City followed before the latter club made his move a permanent one for £3 million.
Interestingly, in January 2011, Waghorn almost joined the Rams on loan after failing to nail down a starting berth at the King Power Stadium, however, injury prevented the move from happening.
Failing to make a significant impact in front of goal at Leicester, loans spells at Hull City and Millwall followed for Waghorn before his eventual release.
The English forward was next picked up by Wigan Athletic on a free transfer in January 2014 before he moved to Rangers in July 2015.
The switch to Ibrox proved to be fruitful as Waghorn hit form once again, scoring on 44 occasions from 78 appearances in all competitions, before joining Ipswich where it seems he has simply picked up where he left off.
HOW CAN I SECURE MY SEAT?
The matchday ticket prices have been confirmed for Derby County’s Sky Bet Championship encounter against Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.
Ticket prices are increased on the day of a game, so pre-purchasing prior to matchdays is recommended.
Tickets are available for Derby County supporters from:
Adults - £24
Senior Citizens (aged 65+) – £17.50
Under-18s - £14.50
2 to 12 Year Olds - £9
* Category D & E prices are listed above.
For matchday ticket enquiries and purchases, please visit the Ticket Office at Pride Park Stadium or call 0871 472 1884 (option 1).
Alternatively, supporters can also buy tickets online right here on dcfc.co.uk.
* Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
HELP FAYE BAGGALEY REACH HER GOAL
Derby County will be helping the parents of Faye Baggaley raise money, alongside Burton Albion, to fund a specially adapted Camper Van.
This will help her achieve her Paralympic dream of playing Boccia for her country and to get around on Holidays much easier.
Faye was born at 26 weeks weighing just 1lb 15oz and had a bleed on her brain which sadly caused her to have Cerebral Palsy.
However, this does not stop Faye becoming Ambassador of her own charities, and taking up an Olympic sport to one day represent team GB, of Boccia, as well as being a brilliant student in a mainstream school.
Local hero Faye will also be attending the game on Saturday when we face Burton and we are urging supporters to help her take a giant step closer to fulfilling her goal by donating on Tuesday night.
Keep a look out for her parents around Pride Park Stadium!
WHAT’S TO COME IN THE RAM
Ahead of Tuesday’s crucial clash against his former club, Tom Lawrence spoke exclusively to The Ram to discuss making the grade at Manchester United, why going out on loan so early benefitted him, why his loan move at Ipswich Town ‘clicked’ and his time as a Derby County player so far.
As ever, supporters can purchase a copy of our award-winning official matchday programme, which retails at just £3 from all around Pride Park Stadium.
A brief review of all the content you can expect to find in your latest instalment of The Ram can be found here.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME OUT?
IPSWICH TOWN 0-3 DERBY COUNTY
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Three first half goals saw Derby County sweep Ipswich Town to one side with an impressive showing at Portman Road as the Rams cruised to victory back in January.
Craig Bryson opened the scoring after a comfortable start to the evening, before Tom Ince thundered in his eleventh goal of the season with a sweet strike from the right corner of the box just three minutes later.
Darren Bent’s close-range header against his former club compounded a solid first half display, whilst the hosts were indebted to a string of saves from Bartosz Bialkowski to ensure the scoreline did not widen in the second half.
The result also saw Derby secure all three points at Portman Road for the third consecutive year, backing up successive 1-0 victories in the previous two years.
Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Knudsen, Chambers (C), Berra, Skuse, Pitman (Moore, 65), Spence, Digby (McGoldrick, 36), Bru, Sears, Lawrence (Ward, 46)
Substitutes not used: Gerken, Douglas, Dozzell, Emmanuel
Derby County: Carson, Baird, Keogh (C), Pearce, Olsson; Johnson, Bryson, Butterfield; Ince, Camara (Anya, 56), Bent (Vydra, 69)
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Christie, Shackell, de Sart, Blackman
Attendance: 14,719 (464 away supporters)
WHO ARE THE MATCH OFFICIALS?
Darren Bond has been appointed to take charge of Derby County’s re-arranged Sky Bet Championship clash with Ipswich Town on Tuesday night, kick-off: 7:45pm.
Bond has officiated 17 games so far this term across the EFL, from which he has produced 59 yellow and one red card.
He has taken charge of two Championship matches involving the Rams so far this season – the 5-0 win over Hull City at Pride Park Stadium in September and the recent 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Bond will be assisted by Matthew McGrath and Mark Dwyer on the lines, whilst Robert Jones has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE ACTION?
How You Can Follow The Rams’ Clash With Ipswich
In-form Derby County return to Pride Park this week to face Ipswich Town under the floodlights on Tuesday evening and RamsTV is the best place to go for all the build-up, coverage and reaction from the Championship clash.
Rams fans based outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland will be able to watch every kick of the action from Derby’s trip to take on Mick McCarthy’s Tractor Boys.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming up on RamsTV:
- Pre-Match Press Conference (LIVE) (8.45am approx.) - Watch Gary Rowett’s full pre-match press conference Live on our Facebook page as the Rams’ manager answers questions from members of the media ahead of Ipswich’s visit to Pride Park.
- Middlesbrough Review Show (6pm) - Owen Bradley, Shane Nicholson and Roger Davies will discuss how the Rams got on at the Riverside against Boro and will look ahead to Tuesday night’s game against Ipswich Town.
- The Last Three (7pm) – Look back at the last three meetings between Derby and Ipswich which includes a 3-0 victory for the Rams at Portman Road last season.
- Matchday Live: Derby County v Ipswich Town (7pm) - RamsTV will be broadcasting live from Pride Park as Derby County take on the Tractor Boys. Join Owen Bradley with Michael Johnson and former Derby and Ipswich striker, Kevin Wilson, as they build up to Tuesday evening’s game (kick-off 7.45pm).
- International RamsTV subscribers will be able to watch all the match action with full commentary and also enjoy half time and full-time analysis live from the RamsTV studio.
- Facebook Live: Ipswich (10.15pm approx.) – Owen Bradley will be joined live on our official Facebook page with former Ram, Shane Nicholson, as they share their thoughts and answer your questions following the game against Ipswich.
- Full Match Highlights: Derby County Vs Ipswich Town (12pm) – Head over to RamsTV for all the goals, incidents and key match action from the game against Ipswich at Pride Park.
- Matchday Relived: Derby County Vs Ipswich Town (6pm) – Watch the full RamsTV Matchday Live show from the evening before with all the match action from Pride Park.
The RamsTV streaming service is available to all supporters who register on dcfc.co.uk.
To access the full RamsTV streaming service will cost the following:
First-Team Match Streaming (outside UK) - £110 annual subscription or £12.50 per month
First-Team Audio Commentary (worldwide) - £45 annual subscription or £5 per month
First-Team Pay Per Game - Match Streaming (outside UK) - £5 for the individual game
A link to packages can be found here.
The two premium services are in addition to the regular pre-match and post-match interviews on RamsTV.
Supporters will also be able to follow all of the action, as usual, across our social media channels.
We will be providing behind the scenes content across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where we will also provide a blow-by-blow account of proceedings at Pride Park Stadium.