Derby County are back in Sky Bet Championship action this weekend following the third internatioal break of the season when they take on Preston North End on home turf on Saturday 23rd November (3pm kick-off).
Phillip Cocu’s side head into the game looking to record a fifth successive win at Pride Park Stadium.
Here, dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you will need ahead of the clash with the Lilywhites.
Forward Tom Lawrence is expected to be available for selection having pulled out of the Wales squad for their two matches over the last week due to illness.
Matt Clarke sustained a knee injury in the local derby clash at Nottingham Forest last time out and the centre-back is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks, while left-back Scott Malone is also sidelined with a knee injury but is making good progress in his rehabilitation work.
Graeme Shinnie and Krystian Bielik are also back with the squad after being away on international duty with the Scottish and Polish national sides during the latest international window.
Tom Huddlestone (hamstring) and Ikechi Anya (calf) remain out of action, while Andre Wisdom and Craig Forsyth are available for selection after recovering from long-term knee injuries.
Speaking to RamsTV in the lead-up to this weekend's game, manager Phillip Cocu said:
“Saturday’s game is a big challenge. Preston are doing
excellent and performing very well. I think they have won their last three
games so they are a team with a lot of confidence, both home and away.
be interesting to see if we can stop them in our home game to get a win. It
will be difficult because they are a good team.
"They are very strong as a team,
rather than one or two star individuals, and that is their biggest asset. It
will be a tough game, but they will know also that we are a good squad and can
be difficult to beat in our home stadium.”
He added: “You have to enjoy playing and looking forward to playing home.
“We have six games coming up in the next few weeks and we play four of them at Pride Park and that is a great feeling, to be able to play at home with the fans and know your opponent will come and it will be a difficult game for them.
“We have to see it as a positive that we can play another game at home.”
More pre-match thoughts from the Derby boss in the lead-up to Saturday's game can be found across dcfc.co.uk and RamsTV.
HOW TO SECURE YOUR SEAT…
Tickets for this weekend's clash with Preston are still available to purchase.
Supporters are advised to purchase in advance to avoid the matchday
price increase, which comes into action from 10am on Saturday morning.
Tickets are on sale from the following prices:
Adult (22-64): £24
Young Adult (18-21): £16.80
Senior Citizens (65+): £16
Youth (13-17): £12.80
£8 Child (2-12): £8
Adult (22-64): £30
Young Adult (18-21): £21
Senior Citizens (65+): £20
Youth (13-17): £16
Child (2-12): £10
Adult (22-64): £32
Young Adult (18-21): £22
Senior Citizens (65+): £21
Youth (13-17): £17
Child (2-12): £11
Please Note: The above pricing is based on Category D & E seating.
A £1 per ticket booking fee will be payable for all tickets purchased online or over the phone, whilst there will be £1 per transaction delivery fee will be payable if tickets are requested to be posted.
Home Membership Holders are entitled for a 20% saving on match ticket prices, as well as early access to tickets before they go on General Sale, and zero booking fees when purchasing their own ticket online.
Purchases can also be made by calling 0871 472 1884 (option 1) ^ or in person from the Ticket Office during normal opening hours.
^ Calls cost 13p per minute plus your phone companies access charge.
WHO’S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE…
Tim Robinson will be the man in the middle at the weekend for what will be his second Derby County match this season.
Robinson's last Rams fixture was the 2-2 draw at Stoke City back in August, when striker Martyn Waghorn scored both goals in 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium.
He has overseen 11 matches so far this season, producing 35 yellows and one red.
Robinson will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Mark Jones on the lines, whilst Alan Young has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION…
Fans based outside the UK can watch the full game on Saturday afternoon LIVE on RamsTV.
RamsTV’s Matchday Live will begin from 2:30pm with Owen Bradley and former Ram Shane Nicholson building up to kick-off with full team news, exclusive interviews, features, stats, match clips, analysis and lively discussion.
There’ll then be LIVE HD multi-camera coverage, with instant replays and full match commentary from Owen and Shane for all the action at Pride Park.
Fans based outside of the UK and Ireland will be able to stream the game as part of their RamsTV subscription or for the one-off pay-per-view price of £5, whilst a live audio stream of the game will be available for fans based inside the UK and Ireland.
Full streaming options can be found here.
As usual, all of RamsTV’s content building up to the game, as well as all post-match reaction, will be available to watch for FREE across Derby County’s website, Official App and YouTube Channel.
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WHAT'S TO COME IN THE RAM...
In the ninth edition of the 2019/20 season, The Ram sat down with goalkeeper Kelle Roos.
Spanning six pages, we spoke to Dutch goalkeeper about his earlier encounters with the first team coaching staff during his time in PSV academy, his first season at Derby starting as the first choice keeper and his expectations for the season.
As ever, The Ram will be jam-packed with news and features and retails at just £3 from around Pride Park Stadium.
Here’s a brief review of what else you can expect from our #DCFCvPNE edition of The Ram…
Exclusive Columns: Back in the Pride Park dugout, Phillip Cocu pens his exclusive column, whilst Match of the Day commentator, Martin Fisher, talks about his Preston memories.
Introducing… Preston North End: Want to know more about Alex Neil’s side? We have you covered with an extensive opposition guide and we take a look at a historic meeting between the clubs.
Back in the Big Time: Our season-long historical feature takes us back 50 years as we look back on Brian Clough and Peter Taylor’s first season in Division One.
Academy In Focus: This week we speak to first-year scholar Harrison Solomon about his goals to play first team football at Derby County and we get updates from the Under-18s and Under-23s teams.
Ewe Rams: We get the latest news from the Derby County Ladies.
Around The League: We conclude the programme with a look at all the weekend’s action from around the Sky Bet Championship.
With all that in mind, written and designed in-house, in partnership with Ignition Sports media, The Ram, our award-winning official programme, really is the essential matchday purchase.
Alternatively, Ignition Sports Media offer a subscription service to ensure you receive every copy of your programme delivered directly to your door. Click here for further details of how you can order your copy now.