Derby County will continue their busy Sky Bet Championship schedule on Saturday 11th July (12:30pm kick-off) with a fixture against high-flying Brentford at Pride Park Stadium.
Derby have four matches left to play in the league campaign and will be looking to quickly bounce back from the 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday in their first defeat since the resumption of the season in June.
dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you will need ahead of Saturday's game against the Bees, who are in the race for an automatic promotion spot.
RAMSTV STREAMING INFORMATION…
Saturday's match - although selected for live coverage by Sky Sports - is available to watch LIVE on RamsTV via dcfc.co.uk or through the Official Derby County App, but ONLY for Season Ticket Holders who opted for Free RamsTV streaming in the club’s Refund & Exchange Policy because under the terms of the broadcast agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports, pay-per-view streaming is not available to live selections in the UK.
Supporters who live in countries classed as dark market territories can purchase the pay-per-view option to watch the matches at the EFL mandated charge of £5 per match.
A list of dark market territories can be found here: dcfc.co.uk/page/ramstv-availability-for-tv-games.
those supporters that are able to watch live coverage of today's game, the Matchday Live show starts on RamsTV
from 12pm - with content being played during the morning - ahead of
kick-off at 12:30pm.
Those watching are requested to make sure they login early to avoid missing kick-off.
Season Ticket Holders who opted for Free RamsTV streaming are advised to ensure their current details are registered with dcfc.co.uk, and to make sure of the following:
- You know your Derby County 8-digit Fan ID
- Your account details with dcfc.co.uk are up to date
- You know your email address registered with dcfc.co.uk
- You know your account password registered with dcfc.co.uk
- You have redeemed your RamsTV voucher code (if you haven’t done so already)
- You are logged into your account well in advance of kick-off to avoid potential matchday streaming issues. RamsTV content will be streaming from earlier in the day and the Matchday Live build-up starts 30 minutes before kick-off
Season Ticket Holders who have redeemed their voucher code already do not need to do anything other than login to their account early ahead of kick-off. Those who have not yet redeemed their voucher code can still do so but are advised to do this as soon as possible.
RAMSTV STREAMING QUESTIONS…
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Derby boss Phillip Cocu will have attacker Tom Lawrence available for selection after completing a three-match ban for his sending off in the home fixture against Reading last month.
The Wales international has been a key player for the Rams throughout the season and he is in line for an immediate return to the starting XI.
Striker Martyn Waghorn remains out of action as he still has two matches remaining of his three-game ban for his sending off in the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
In other suspension news, Derby midfielder Louie Sibley will be available for selection after an independent Regulatory Commission removed his three-match suspension following a successful claim of wrongful dismissal.
Sibley was sent off for alledged violent conduct, but Derby have successfully appealed the decision and he will not serve a three-game ban,
Midfielder Duane Holmes is a doubt after being replaced late in the first-half of the midweek clash at the Hawthorns due to injury.
The United States international had a tight hamstrong and will have his fitness assessed ahead of kick-off.
Defender Andre Wisdom will not be available after he was the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery at the end of June. He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital and while he is at home, he is still recovering and therefore is unavailable.
Striker Jack Marriott is once again ruled out as he has a groin injury which has required surgery. He could miss the rest of the season, depending on how his rehabilitation work progresses over the coming weeks. He is now stepping up his workload and will continue to have his fitness assessed.
Polish international midfielder Krystian Bielik remains out of action with a long-term knee injury which he sustained back in January. Bielik is making good progress in his rehabilitation programme but will remain sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Speaking to RamsTV ahead of Saturday's game, Derby boss Phillip Cocu said: “We don’t have the luxury of thinking about other games, rivals or anything else.
“Many teams are fighting for the sixth place in the table, to get into a play-off spot, so we know what we have to do on Saturday.
“That’s the only focus and job we have. Don’t think about anything else; we just focus on the game and try to get a good result.”
Cocu added: “It’s a challenge again for us and we will try to get a good result against one of the top teams - and the next opportunity is Saturday.”
NEW SUBSTITUTE RULES…
a new matchday rule in place for the final nine games of the 2019/20
season when it comes to substitutes in games.
- Each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions
- If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
- In a normal 90 minute fixture, once all three opportunities have been used, no further substitutions can be made.
- Unused substitutions and opportunities are carried forward into extra time, where applicable.
- Where Competition rules allow an additional substitution in extra time, teams will each have one additional substitution opportunity; substitutions may also be made before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.
WHO’S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE…
Tim Robinson has been appointed as this weekend's Match Referee.
Robinson has overseen 30 games during the 2019/20 season
and produced a total of 88 yellow cards and one red card.
His last match in charge of Derby came in the 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough back in January, booking Matt Clarke and Martyn Waghorn in the fixture at the Riverside Stadium.
Robinson will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Andrew Fox on the lines, whilst Stephen Martin has been appointed as the fourth official.
NEW BACK OF SHIRT LOGO…
Derby County are to pay tribute to key workers across Derbyshire in the remaining matches of the 2019/20 Sky Bet Championship season.
The back of the Rams’ shirts will proudly display the logo of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, and the shirts will be auctioned off at the end of the season to help raise funds for the charity.
Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce said: “We’re delighted to be showcasing the Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity logo on the back of our match shirts for the rest of the season.
“In addition to our Stay Safe. Stay Fit. Stay Connected initiative, we wanted to find another way to express gratitude and appreciation to key workers across our local community for the outstanding work that they have done, and continue to do, during the COVID-19 crisis, and help raise awareness and funds for the charity.”
Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity provide support for all the sites of the sites under the University of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, including Derby, Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth to provide the highest quality care to patients across southern Derbyshire and south east Staffordshire.
The NHS Trust aims to deliver outstanding care for local people and bring together the expertise of their 12,000 staff across the hospital sites.
The charity’s key aim is to help make patients’ lives better and the amazing donations and support from the local community enables the charity to help provide the extras that cannot be provided from NHS statutory funding but make a huge difference to patients and staff.
Tim Diggle, Director of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity, said: “It was amazing to hear that Derby County wanted to feature us on their shirts and we are immensely proud to see our logo on the back of such a beloved part of the Derby community.
"It is inspiring to see, and we are so grateful to the club for wanting to say thank you to our fantastic NHS team.
"All of us have been touched by this pandemic in one way or another and to see the club work together with its local NHS lifts the heart.”
All the money raised goes back into the hospital, with 100% of the donation going to the charity, and those supporting Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity have the opportunity to truly support a ward or department close to their heart, as they have over 100 separate funds to choose from.
More details about Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity (Charity No.1061812) can be found at dbhc.org.uk.
THANK YOU TO THE NHS…
Players from across the Championship will wear shirts featuring an ‘NHS Rainbow – Thank You’ emblem for the rest of the season.
Over the past three months, the EFL, its clubs and Club Community Organisations have paid their own special tributes, with many working closely alongside their local NHS Trusts, donating resources, providing facilities for use and organising player or manager content to say thank you.
TEMPORARY RULE CHANGES…
Some temporary rule changes and protocols will be in place for the remainder of the 2019/20 season across all EFL matches.
- Players and Match Official entry will be staggered onto the pitch.
- There will be no handshakes. Players to take up on pitch positions in the same half as they warmed up ready for kick off.
- Social distancing measures should be maintained whenever possible including during goal celebrations, in the warm-up, when entering and leaving the pitch, and at all times with the Match Officials.
- Those in the technical area must behave in a responsible manner and maintain social distancing measures with the Fourth Official
STAY AT HOME…
Derby County has joined fellow EFL clubs in urging supporters to stay away from stadiums, and instead watch all remaining 2019/20 season matches from home.
All matches will be played behind closed doors between now and the end of the season with the safety of supporters, club personnel and the frontline services remaining the principle priority at this time.
Consequently, supporters will not be permitted entry to any area of the stadiums and extra security measures around the immediate area including car parks will be in place when staging matches.
Supporters are also urged to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating outside stadiums or gathering
s to watch matches, as part of a new campaign message: ‘When we play, please stay away’ ahead of all EFL matches.
The club and the Derbyshire Constabulary are united in one message to fans - support the Rams by watching from home.