Derby County will look to pick up where they left off following the international break when they head to the New York Stadium to face Rotherham United.
Frank Lampard’s side earned four consecutive victories in the lead up to the first break and will return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday against the Millers (kick-off: 3pm), and here, dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you need ahead of the clash with Paul Warne’s side.
Six first-team players went out on international duty over the break and all returned healthy and without injury.
Curtis Davies and George Evans are both progressing well according to Frank Lampard from their respective hamstring and knee injuries but will not be ready in time for Saturday’s clash.
WHAT THE BOSS HAD TO SAY…
Speaking to RamsTV ahead of the game, Frank Lampard said: “It will be a really tough game against a Rotherham team who are well organised.
“I have watched a lot of them and they have picked up some good results this season already. I’m not taking it lightly, it will be a difficult game for us and we will need to perform at our best.”
With league action returning after the two-week international break, he added: “Everyone is back so it’s good news. We had some good appearances and performance for our lads across the board so I’m happy to have the players back together.
“We have worked hard with the lads who have been here during the break. It’s been a mixture of a few days off and then some hard work, physical and tactical work, so as a group I’m happy.”
HOW CAN I SECURE MY SEAT…
Unfortunately, if you haven’t already secured your seat, away tickets for this fixture have already sold out.
The allocation of 2,600 seats have been snapped up for the trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium for the first game back following the international break.
THE LAST MEETING…
Derby County travelled to face Rotherham for the final match of the 2016/17 season and Tom Ince levelled in the 84th minute to earn a point that saw the Rams finish 9th that campaign.
The Millers took the lead just after the break when Lee Frecklington converted a Joe Mattock cross.
The already relegated Rotherham were looking to get their sixth Championship win from the entire campaign, however, they were denied in the final minutes when Ince netted a penalty after Joson Clarke-Harris took down Will Hughes in the area.
Rotherham United: O’Donnell; Fisher, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock; Frecklington, Smallwood, Vaulks, Taylor (Bailey-King, 75); Adeyemi; Clarke-Harris
Unused Substitutes: Morris, Belaid, Bray, Purrington, Yates, Bilboe
Derby County: Carson; Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Butterfield; Ince, Bryson (Hughes, 46), Johnson, Russell (Bent, 57); Nugent (Blackman, 79)
Unused Substitutes: Christie, Anya, Vydra, Mitchell
WHO'S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE...
Peter Bankes will be the man in the middle when Derby County take on Rotherham on Saturday. He has dished out 25 yellow cards in four Championship matches so far this term and is yet to show a red card.
Bankes took charge of the Rams’ first home clash of the season against Leeds United and was involved in two Derby fixtures last term, the 2-1 victory away at Norwich and the 3-0 win over Brentford at Pride Park.
Bankes will be assisted by Andrew Fox and Billy Smallwood on the lines, whilst Sebastian Stockbri has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION…
Fans can follow all the build-up, match coverage and reaction of Saturday’s clash on RamsTV.
A comprehensive Preview Show along with interviews with manager Frank Lampard and midfielder Bradley Johnson form RamsTV’s build-up to the game from Thursday.
Saturday will see Owen Bradley joined LIVE in the RamsTV studio by former Rams Marc Edworthy and Michael Johnson as they build-up to kick-off from 2:30pm.
Available for FREE on the dcfc.co.uk and the official DCFC app, the Matchday Live build-up show provides Rams fans with the best run-up to kick off with stats, match clips, exclusive interviews and lively studio discussion.
Supporters based outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland will then be able to watch every kick of the game (kick-off: 3pm) with commentary from Jack Woodward and Shane Nicholson. For streaming options please click here.
Once the final whistle has been blown, RamsTV will be THE place to be get all the best post-match reaction, including exclusive interviews with Frank Lampard and his players, as well as comprehensive highlights packages and a full Review Show.