Derby County are set for their first pre-season fixture on English soil on Saturday as preparations for the 2019/20 season gather pace when they make the short trip to face Burton Albion (kick-off 3pm).
In Phillip Cocu’s first game in charge for the Rams in England after two pre-season matches in Florida last week, he will be looking forward to seeing more positive signs from his squad.
Here, dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you will need ahead of the clash with Nigel Clough’s side, which will also see the Rams and the Brewers compete to lift the Bass Charity Vase.
THE STORY SO FAR…
Cocu met his new team just two weeks ago and spent the next ten days in Florida putting the Rams through their paces on their pre-season training camp.
While in the United States, Derby ramped up their pre-season preparations with games against Sarasota Metropolis and Championship rivals Bristol City.
Jack Marriott’s brace fired the Rams to a 2-0 victory over Sarasota as Cocu fielded different teams in each half. A storm interrupted the game against Bristol City with the first-half ending in a 1-0 defeat while the next morning, goals from Mason Bennett and Ikechi Anya sealed a 2-1 victory.
The game against Burton is the first of three friendlies on UK soil ahead of the start of the 2019/20 campaign which begins on the road against Huddersfield Town on Monday 5th August at the John Smith's Stadium.
HOW TO SECURE YOUR SEAT…
Tickets will be available to Rams fans to purchase at Pirelli Stadium from the North Stand turnstiles, with payment by cash only.
£15 Seating & £10 Terracing - Adults 17+
£10 Seating & £5 Terracing - Under 17s
The Rams’ initial allocation of 1,580 sold out early last week but further tickets were made available and were on sale in advance from the Derby County Ticket Office until 4pm on Friday afternoon.
BASS CHARITY VASE…
The Rams and Brewers will be competing for the Bass Charity Vase on Saturday afternoon.
The Bass Vase was founded in 1889 as a football competition o be competed for annually by major teams, particularly Football League clubs, with the proceeds from the games donated mainly to medical-related and hospital charities.
Derby last lifted the trophy in 2010. If the game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will determine the winner.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION…
Can’t make the trip to Pirelli Stadium? RamsTV has you covered…
Available to stream in the UK and across the globe, RamsTV’s live build-up to the game against the Brewers will begin at 2:30pm (BST) and feature full team news, pre-match interviews, match clips, stats and lively studio discussion.
RamsTV will then present full multi-camera coverage of the game at the Pirelli Stadium, alongside full commentary from Owen Bradley and former Rams defender Shane Nicholson.
The duo will also provide analysis of the Rams’ performance with a look back at all the key moments at half time and once the final whistle has been blown.
The live stream of the game against Burton is available to purchase as part of RamsTV’s pre-season package. Priced at £10, the package also includes live coverage of the upcoming pre-season friendlies with Spanish outfit Girona at Pride Park Stadium (Thursday 25th July, kick-off 7:45pm) and Scottish giants Rangers at Ibrox (Sunday 28th July, kick-off 3pm).
To purchase, head to the RamsTV section of dcfc.co.uk, which can by found by clicking here, and select - Pre-Season Bundle 2019 Match Video.
Subscribers to the RamsTV Monthly Video Package WILL have access to all pre-season games automatically and DO NOT need to make any additional purchases.
Subscribers to the RamsTV Monthly Audio Package WILL NOT have automatic access to the games and WILL need to purchase the relevant video package.
Please Note: RamsTV will NOT be providing live Radio commentary for the pre-season games.