Derby County will travel north up the M1 on Saturday for their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you need to know ahead of the game (3pm kick-off).
Derby's allocation of 2,000 tickets for the game have sold out.
An initial allocation of 1,500 tickets sold out earlier this week and a further 500 went on sale, which were also quickly snapped up by the Rams' faithful.
Supporters without a ticket are advised not to travel to Bramall Lane, as they will be unable to gain access.
Membership packages for Derby County’s 2021/22 season, where you can be first in line to purchase away tickets, are on sale now.
Memberships can be purchased here: membership.dcfc.co.uk/home.
Proof of age may be required on entry for any concessionary tickets.
Match ticket refunds are not available for this game from Derby County.
Ticket Office Contact
The Ticket Office counters will remain closed, with phone lines open between 10am-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Supporters with any match ticket related enquiries are advised to email [email protected]. Disabled supporters with any enquires are recommended to email [email protected].
Defender Craig Forsyth is available after serving a three-match ban. The Football
Association deemed a challenge he made in the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest in August to be an act of violent conduct and he was handed a suspension as a result.
Derby boss Wayne Rooney has no other major injury concerns from last Saturday's 2-1 home win over Stoke City at Pride Park Stadium, with only Festy Ebosele (illness) unavailable.
Rooney may stick with the same side for the trip north to face the Blades or he could consider bringing Forsyth, and the likes of Jason Knight and Kamil Jozwiak, into the starting line-up at the start of a three-game week with home matches against Reading and Swansea City on the horizon.
Striker Colin Kazim-Richards remains a long-term absentee with an achilles injury sustained in August.
international midfielder Krystian Bielik, who suffered an ACL knee
injury in January of this year, is making good progress in his rehabilitation work
but is still not yet in a position to return to full training.
Manager Wayne Rooney offered his pre-match views to RamsTV on Thursday and said: “The points are so important, now more than ever. We have a tough game on Saturday so the lads will be ready, I have no doubts whatsoever.
“We will do our best. The work, effort will be there and we will do our best to win the game. I have no doubts that the players will go out on the pitch and give everything they can to get three points.
“We know it will be a tough game. Sheffield United have played in different systems this season and they’ve hit a good bit of form over the last few weeks so it will be difficult going there, but we are going there full of confidence having taken four points from out last two matches.
“The lads are confident and I believe it’s a game we can go and win. I’m expecting us to go there and get a positive result, so I’m looking forward to it.”
He added: “We have three games coming up before the international break and we will be focused and determined to get as many points as can.”
Derby defender and two-time Sheffield United player Phil Jagielka spoke to RamsTV on Thursday at Moor Farm Training Ground to give his take on the latest from the Rams' dressing room.
He said: “Sheffield United was the club that gave me a chance, both at the start of my career and to continue it. I will be forever grateful for the managers who have given me the game time.
“I have always had a great relationship with the fans coming through the youth team so it’s a very special place for me.
“It will be nice to go back there and strange to play against friendly faces, but that’s football. I look forward to doing battle on the pitch and having a laugh and a joke afterwards.”
David Webb will oversee Saturday's game against the Blades.
Webb has overseen eight matches so far this season in all competitions, producing a total of 37 yellow cards and no reds.
took charge of Derby's 2-1 loss at Peterborough United earlier in the
season and produced yellow cards for Craig Forsyth and Louie Sibley at
the Weston Homes Stadium.
He will be assisted by Matthew McGrath and James Wilson on the lines, whilst Tom Nield has been appointed as the fourth official.
EFL SUBSTITUTE RULES…
The five substitutions rule has been scrapped for the 2021/22 season, the English Football League confirmed in July.
The rule allowing clubs to make five changes, as opposed to the usual three, was brought in following football's restart in June 2020 after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given that games had to be condensed into a short period of time it was thought beneficial and allowed managers to make as many as five changes in three intervals during a match.
Clubs had a longer post-break between seasons this time around and so the temporary rule has been changed.
Teams will be able to name seven substitutes but only use a maximum of three.
COVID-19 capacity restrictions lifted and EFL fixtures being played in
front of full crowds once again, the temporary change in streaming rules
is no longer valid.
If you can't make the game in person, other options to catch up with the action on the pitch – including live TV, live radio, streaming of selected matches alongside highlights on TV and online of every Sky Bet EFL game.
LIVE TV (DOMESTIC)
In the UK, Sky Sports will show 138 Sky Bet EFL matches, 15 Carabao Cup ties and the Semi Finals and Final of the Papa John’s Trophy.
In the case of Weekend Fixtures, the EFL’s designated kick-off times* for Sky Live Matches are usually scheduled as follows:
* Friday evenings at 7:45pm or 8pm
* Saturdays at 12:30pm; Sundays at 12-noon
Within the Sky contract there are other kick-off times that are available to the broadcaster
In the case of scheduled Midweek Matches, live Sky fixtures will be between 7:30pm and 8pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
TalkSPORT offer exclusive live commentaries on national radio across the Sky Bet EFL as well as non-exclusive rights to the Carabao Cup that are shared by the BBC.Both TalkSPORT and the BBC have the ability to broadcast score flash updates across all competitions.BBC Local Radio also have individual commentary deals with selected EFL clubs.
LIVE TV (INTERNATIONAL)
Any match shown live on Sky Sports in the UK is made available overseas via the League’s international broadcast partners.As well as this fixture, a minimum of 36 Championship fixtures taking place on Saturdays at 3pm, will be distributed for international coverage, alongside selected League One and Two fixtures, Carabao Cup ties, and action from across the Sky Bet Play-Offs.
A full list of the EFL’s international broadcast partners are available here:efl.com/iFollow/international-broadcasters/
In the UK, Quest will continue to be the home for all highlights of matches in the Sky Bet EFL, Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy, with action from a full weekend schedule of matches broadcast at 9pm on Saturdays, and midweek League highlights and Carabao Cup midweek highlights also screened on applicable weeknights. Internationally, a number of the EFL’s broadcast partners show repeat transmissions and highlights.
In respect of domestic streaming, the EFL will return to the position as was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2:45pm-5:15pm on Saturday afternoons.
EFL clubs will have the right to live-stream midweek matches on iFollow or Club equivalent service, with Sky Sports also able to stream the same Championship fixtures to subscribers across their Red Button interactive and digital services.
The position in each Sky Bet EFL division is as follows:
CHAMPIONSHIP - DOMESTIC
* All scheduled midweek matches (unless selected as one of Sky Sports Exclusive midweek selections)
* Displaced weekend matches – matches which are moved from Saturday 3pm kick-offs for non-TV purposes (at the discretion of the Home club)
* Bank Holiday matches (at the discretion of the Home club)
CHAMPIONSHIP - INTERNATIONAL
Overseas supporters can watch live all EFL Championship league games provided that they have not been selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas broadcast partner