A trip to South Yorkshire beckons on Tuesday evening and Derby County will be looking to climb back into the Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion positions when they take on Sheffield Wednesday.
The Rams make the journey unbeaten in 12 matches (kick-off: 7:45pm) and here, dcfc.co.uk has collated all the information you need ahead of the clash with the Owls…
WHAT’S THE LATEST TEAM NEWS
Gary Rowett admitted in his Monday morning press conference that it was likely he would freshen up his starting XI when they travel to face Sheffield Wednesday.
The only players the Rams manager will certainly be without are Sam Winnall and Jonathan Mitchell.
He said: “On Saturday, I was very close to putting a couple of players in from the start, but after beating Brentford 3-0, I wanted to wait and see if we could recreate that type of performance.
“We couldn’t do that, so it makes my decision easier, and there are probably one or two that need to come out for physical reasons.
“We have one or two knocks so we’ll see how they fare, but we’ll have good players coming into the team.”
WHAT WAS SAID AHEAD OF THE TRIP TO HILLSBOROUGH?
Speaking to RamsTV ahead of Tuesday’s game, Gary Rowett said: “We’ve got to be mindful of the fact that they have a new manager, you don’t want to be the team that they click against and get that positive result.
“They have a lot of injuries at the moment, but we’ve got to go and put on another away performance.
“I think it suits us to go away from home, there is not as much expectation.
“We’ll go there looking to extend that run and win the game, as we have done so often this season.”
ONE TO WATCH
Atdhe Nuhiu is a prime example of a player who has taken his chance since Jos Luhukay took charge in January.
Since the German’s appointment, the towering Kosovo international striker has played seven times and scored four goals in the process, including one against Barnsley at the weekend.
Since joining the Owls ahead of the 2013/14 season, Nuhiu has developed into a cult figure with the club’s fanbase – aided by his debut goal against Queens Park Rangers.
The big man went on to hit eight goals in his maiden campaign and has scored 29 goals in all competitions for the Owls to date and has well surpassed a century of appearances.
Some of his more memorable strikes include a terrific opener in the FA Cup against Manchester City at the Etihad in January 2015 and a 90th minute winner against Rotherham at the New York Stadium in the same season.
Last season saw Atdhe make the step up to international level and create history for Kosovo.
His headed goal in a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in March was his country’s first from open play in a World Cup qualifier, having only been accepted into FIFA in May 2016.
HOW I CAN SECURE MY SEAT
It has been confirmed that there will be no pay increase, but there is a cash only option for supporters wishing to buy their tickets upon their arrival at Hillsborough this evening.
The Rams continue their 2017/18 campaign with a re-arranged trip to South Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday with the aim of building on their 12-game unbeaten run, kick-off: 7:45pm.
With no pay increase for supporters, ticket prices have been confirmed as follows:
Adults - £33
Senior Citizens (65+) - £23
Under-21s - £23
Under-17s - £15*
Under-11s - £10*
*Any supporter under the age of 14 must be accompanied by someone aged 18 or above.
Please note that the Under-5 concession price is not available upon arrival for this fixture.
Rams fans are advised to make their way to the Away Turnstiles, which will be open from 6:30pm, and purchase their ticket.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME?
DERBY COUNTY 2-0 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Saturday 21st October 2017
Matej Vydra struck early once again to set Derby County on their way to 2-0 win against 10-man Sheffield Wednesday at Pride Park Stadium back in October.
Wednesday captain Glenn Loovens saw red early on after giving away the penalty from which Vydra opened the scoring, with substitute Bradley Johnson sealing the three points with his fourth league goal of the season late on.
Derby County: Carson; Wisdom, Davies, Keogh, Forsyth; Huddlestone, Ledley; Russell, Vydra (Johnson, 78), Lawrence (Thorne, 88); Nugent (Martin, 61)
Substitutes not used: Mitchell, Baird, Pearce, Thorne, Weimann
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Fox; Wallace (Matias, 82), Lee, Bannan, Reach; Fletcher (Joao, 64), Hooper
Substitutes not used: Wildsmith, van Aken, Palmer, Jones, Nuhiu
WHO’S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE?
David Coote will be the man in charge when Derby County travel to face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, kick-off: 7:45pm.
Coote has officiated 25 games so far this term, mainly in the Sky Bet Championship. from which he has produced 97 yellow and four red cards.
He has already been the man in the middle for one of the Rams’ games this campaign – the 1-0 win over Burton Albion at the beginning of December.
In total, Tuesday’s referee has been in the man in charge for 10 Derby matches in total – in which they have won ran out winners on seven occasions and tasted defeat just once.
Simpson will be assisted by David Avent and James Mainwaring on the lines, whilst Peter Bankes has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
Lead presenter Owen Bradley will be joined LIVE in the RamsTV studio by regular pundit Michael Johnson and special guest, former Derby and Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay. The trio will build up to the game from 7pm covering all the key talking points ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm.
Coverage will then switch to Hillsborough with live commentary from Jack Woodward and Shane Nicholson. Supporters based outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland will be able to watch every kick of the action.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming up:
- Pre-Match Press Conference: Sheffield Wednesday (9:15am) – RamsTV will be LIVE on Derby County’s official Facebook page broadcasting manager Gary Rowett’s pre-match press conference in full.
- Last Meeting: Sheffield Wednesday (12pm) – Relive the last game between the two sides, which the Rams won 2-0 at Pride Park back in October.
- Norwich Review Show (6pm) – Owen Bradley will be joined by former Rams players Shane Nicholson and Roger Davies as they review Saturday game with Norwich before turning their attention to Tuesday night’s match at Hillsborough.
- Matchday Live: Sheffield Wednesday Vs Derby County (7pm) – RamsTV is the place to be for all the build-up ahead of the game on Tuesday night. Presenter Owen Bradley will be joined by Michael Johnson and Marcus Tudgay as they cover all the key talking points, facts, figures and stats ahead of kick-off at 7.45pm.
- International RamsTV subscribers will be able to watch the full game with live commentary and half-time and full-time analysis from the RamsTV studio.
- Post-Match Extra: Sheffield Wednesday (10:15pm approx.) – Owen Bradley will be joined by Shane Nicholson for RamsTV’s interactive Facebook Live show which will feature the thoughts of Rams fans as well as an interview with manager Gary Rowett.
- Match Highlights: Sheffield Wednesday (12pm) – RamsTV’s extended match highlights package will feature all the goals, incidents and key moments from the night before.
- Matchday Relived: Sheffield Wednesday (6pm) – Watch the entirety of RamsTV’s matchday production including the full 90 minutes of action along with the pre-game, half time and full-time analysis from the team in the RamsTV studio.
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 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 Hillsborough.