After both beginning with opening day wins, Derby County and Leeds United will now lock horns at Pride Park Stadium for what will prove to be a spicy Saturday evening match.
Frank Lampard will also be taking charge of his first competitive home game since being named as the Rams’ boss (kick-off: 5:30pm) and dcfc.co.uk has collated all the information you need ahead of the visit of Marcelo Bielsa’s men…
WHAT’S THE LATEST TEAM NEWS
Derby County could hand a debut to Martyn Waghorn and Scott Malone after the duo completed their moves from Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town respectively earlier this week.
Fellow summer signings Florian Jozefzoon, Jack Marriott, Fikayo Tomori and George Evans are also pushing for their first appearances since switching to Pride Park Stadium.
Tom Huddlestone continues to be a double for the Rams.
The midfielder is still yet to take part in full training, whilst Ikechi Anya and Marcus Olsson continue to be ruled out of action.
WHAT THE BOSS HAD TO SAY?
Speaking to RamsTV ahead of the Rams’ first home game, Frank Lampard said: “I’m aware of the history. I’m aware of our history. I’m aware of the great Leeds teams and I know exactly about the rivalry between these two clubs in those days.
“That will never go away. Chelsea and Leeds have had a similar rivalry over the years and as long as it is channelled in the right way off the pitch, on the pitch, I think we will feel it inside the stadium.
“We’re all here for these kinds of games. We should love that kind of rivalry and hopefully it proves to be uplifting for the players.
“It’s going to be two great names of English football and a game between two sides that I think are very talented.”
ONE TO WATCH
Many were surprised when Wolves elected to let go one of the most creative players in the Championship.
Barry Douglas recorded 14 assists in the league as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side stormed to the title, but with the arrival of Jonny from Atletico Madrid, Wolves felt that he was surplus to requirements.
Bielsa is best known for utilising an adventurous 3-3-1-3 system and that could play to Douglas’ strengths, as he could provide creative from wing-back, just as he did so well as Molineux last term.
Even with the £10 million arrival of Bamford, this could prove to be Leeds’ most impressive acquisition.
HOW DO I SECURE MY SEAT
With Frank Lampard’s set to take charge of his first home game as Derby County manager, the matchday ticket prices have been confirmed for the visit of today’s tasty clash with Leeds United.
The Rams will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they take on Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites, who also opened up their campaign with a victory after brushing aside Stoke City at Elland Road.
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 - £31
Senior Citizens (aged 65+) – £22.50
Under-18s - £18
2 to 12 Year Olds - £11
* Category D & E prices are listed above.
A £1 per ticket booking fee applies when purchasing by either telephone or online.
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.
TRAVELLING AND SUPPORTER NOTICE
Supporters are being warned that major road works are continuing to take place on the A52 W/B this weekend.
As part of these works the carriageway will be reduced to a single lane, between Wyvern and Raynesway junctions. This is likely to cause delays, particularly on matchdays. This weekend’s game against Leeds is one of the games that will be affected by this.
Supporters are warned of the following work: “Lane 1 on the A52 W/B is suspended between Raynesway and Wyvern.
A parking notice has also been issued ahead of this first home game. We would also like to make sure all our fans have an enjoyable experience when coming to watch the Rams at Pride Park.
In order to do this, we also remind supporters that they should be considerate when parking. We advise you to use the many car parking facilities we have available including those that businesses run on Pride Park.
Please avoid parking on corners and junctions in residential areas, this always allows the flow of traffic and access for emergency vehicles.
WHAT’S TO COME IN THE RAM
The first home game of the 2018/19 season brings a new-look and fresh feel to Derby County’s official matchday programme and our first instalment will be headlined by new signing Mason Mount.
Spanning six pages, the Chelsea loanee sat down with The Ram to discuss his high-profile career to date, training with the England national team ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup, being sent out to Russia by Nike, his loan spell at Nike and just why he is looking forward to the release of FIFA 19!
As ever, The Ram will be jam-packed with news and features and retails at just £3 from around Pride Park Stadium.
Click here to read a brief review of what else you can expect from our #DCFCvLUFC edition of The Ram…
OUR LAST MEETING WITH THE WHITES?
DERBY COUNTY 2-2 LEEDS UNITED
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Kasey Palmer grabbed his first Derby County goal in second half stoppage time to salvage a point against Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium back in February.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga added to his goal against the Rams at Elland Road with the opener before Andreas Weimann fired home an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
Substitute Ezgjan Alioski looked to have snatched all three points for the visitors, but Palmer popped up inside the six-yard box to make it 2-2.
Derby County: Carson; Baird, Keogh, Davies, Olsson; Huddlestone, Ledley (Johnson, 80’); Weimann, Vydra, Lawrence (Palmer, 75’); Nugent (Jerome, 68’).
Substitutes not used: Roos, Wisdom, Pearce, Anya.
Leeds United: Weidwald; Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, De Bock; Forshaw, Vieira (Phillips, 62’); Dallas, Roofe (Saiz, 54’), Hernandez (Alioski, 76’); Lasogga.
Substitutes not used: Lonergan, Pennington, Sacko, Ekuban.
WHO’S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE?
Peter Bankes will be the man in the middle when Derby County face Leeds United in Saturday’s evening kick-off.
Bankes was on hand to officiate Birmingham City’s 2-2 draw with Norwich City at St Andrew’s – a fixture in which he dished out three yellow cards.
He was involved in two Rams’ matches last campaign, the 2-1 victory away at Norwich City and the 3-0 win over Brentford at Pride Park.
Bankes will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Timothy Wood on the lines, whilst Darren England has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION
As this fixture has been selected for live TV coverage and due to international broadcasting rights, RamsTV will only be able to broadcast the match live in select countries, although a live audio stream of the game will also be available. Please click here for more information.
Here’s a full rundown of what’s coming up on RamsTV:
- Pre-Match Interviews – Frank Lampard and Andre Wisdom look ahead to the meeting with Leeds United in exclusive interviews with RamsTV.
- The Preview Show: Leeds United – As well as catching up with a couple of new additions to the Derby County squad, Owen Bradley, Roger Davies and Michael Johnson discuss what it’ll take for Frank Lampard to claim all three points in his first league match in front of home support at Pride Park Stadium.
- Fans Forum (6pm) – Watch the entirety of the event from the night before. Executive Chairman Mel Morris, Manager Frank Lampard, CEO Stephen Pearce and Academy Director Darren Wassall answer fans’ questions in front of a live audience at the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Derby city centre.
- Matchday Live: Leeds United (5pm) - Owen Bradley will be live in the RamsTV studio with Michael Johnson and Marc Edworthy as they look ahead to kick-off at 8pm. The pre-match show is free to watch through dcfc.co.uk and the Derby County app.
- Due to international broadcasting rights, RamsTV will be streaming the game live only in select countries, click here for more information. RamsTV subscribers will be able to listen to audio coverage of the game and also watch extended highlights and a replay of the full 90 minutes the following day.
- Match Highlights: Leeds United (12pm) – Relive all the goals, key moments and incidents for the big game at Pride Park Stadium the evening before.
- Matchday Relived: Leeds United (6pm) – RamsTV subscribers can watch the entirety of the Matchday Live production from the night before, including pre-match build-up, the full 90 minutes of match action, along with half and full-time analysis.
- The Review Show: Leeds United (6pm) – Marc Edworthy and Roger Davies join Owen in the studio to analyse the Rams’ performance and result against Leeds with the help of healthy studio discussion, match clips, post-match interviews and key stats.
Full details of RamsTV streaming options can be found here.