Derby County are back on the road on Wednesday afternoon as they make the short journey across the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion in their latest behind-closed-doors Sky Bet Championship fixture (5pm kick-off).
Derby have five matches left to play in the league campaign and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches, having recorded five wins and a draw from their previous six league outings.
dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you will need ahead of the midweek trip to the Hawthorns, following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium.
RAMSTV STREAMING INFORMATION…
With Derby County’s next two Sky
Bet Championship behind-closed-doors matches against West Bromwich Albion and Brentford selected for live coverage
by Sky Sports, supporters are reminded of the usual restrictions for
Wednesday's meeting with the Baggies, and the home fixture against Brentford on Saturday 11th July (12:30pm), will be 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.
Season Ticket Holders who opted for Free RamsTV streaming are advised to ensure their current details are registered with dcfc.co.uk, and to ensure 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
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 is set to start with Chris Martin in attack again with striker Martyn Waghorn starting a three-match ban following his dimissal in Saturday's draw with Forest for a high and late challenge on Ryan Yates.
Martin scored his 11th goal of the season against the Reds and, as Derby's only senior striker, he is set to lead the line once again.
Cocu will also be without forward Tom Lawrence as he serves the final game of a three-match ban following his red card at the end of the recent 2-1 home win over Reading.
That means Jason Knight, Duane Holmes and Florian Jozefzoon are the options available for Cocu out wide at this time.
Defender Andre Wisdom will not be available after he was the victim of an unprovoked assault and robbery just over a week ago. He sustained injuries which resulted in him being admitted to hospital and, despite being released, he has missed the Rams' last two matches.
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.
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 Wednesday's match, Specialist First Team Coach Liam Rosenior said: “We are playing a superb West Bromwich
Albion team on Wednesday who have just beaten Hull City 4-2 and look
like they are going to be part of that top two, but we are confident in
our own ability and the way that we are playing.
lot has been said about our form since the turn of the year, so we have
to remember that we are a real contender in this league at the moment
and we need to have faith in the way that we play.
“You have to play every team twice; it’s the same rule in every league and in every country.
“You play the same teams twice so for me, we will be where we deserve to be.
“If we make the play-offs then we deserve to be in them, if we don’t make them then we don’t deserve to be in them.
“We can’t start thinking about how we affect other things, we just want to affect our season and our performances the best way that we can.”
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…
Jeremy Simpson will be the man in the middle at the Hawthorns.
Simpson has overseen 26 games during the 2019/20 season and produced a total of 89 yellow cards and six reds.
His last match in charge of Derby came at the end of December 2019 as the Rams claimed a 2-1 home win over Charlton Athletic, thanks to a brace from Jason Knight. Midfielder Krystian Bielik was sent off that evening for a late challenge on the Addicks' Conor Gallagher early in the first-half.
Simpson will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and Robert Hyde on the lines, whilst Ben Toner 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.