Derby County’s Under-23s will take a break from their Premier League 2 - Division 1 games programme when they host Norwich City in the Premier League Cup on Monday night.
The Under-23s will face the Canaries at Loughborough University Stadium (7pm kick-off) and dcfc.co.uk has brought together all the key information you will need to know ahead of the game.
Premier League Cup Format...
Mirroring the format of the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League Cup consists of eight four-team groups, with each club playing their opposing teams both home and away.
It's the first Premier League Cup campaign since 2019/20, when the competition was curtailed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it includes Academies from Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Clubs in the third and fourth categories have been competing in qualifiers to join the top-level Academies in the group stage.
Derby County are in Group C alongside Charlton Athletic, Norwich City and Reading and the full fixture list can be found here.
Under-23s boss Pat Lyons is likely to have a similar group to call upon to the one that has featured in recent matches, although owing to their first-team involvement some players may miss out.
Jordan Brown, defender Harrison Solomon and winger Tyree Wilson (all
knee) are out of action but are making progress in their rehabilitation work.
Pre-Match Views - Coaching Staff...
Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Pat Lyons spoke to RamsTV ahead of the clash with the Canaries - with the full video available below.
The Premier League Cup So Far...
Derby County’s Under-23s are in fine form going into Monday’s game and are unbeaten in their last five matches in all competitions, recording four wins and a single draw during that run.
Their impressive run of form has taken the Rams out of the Premier League 2 - Division 1 relegation zone and offered plenty of encouragement for the second half of the season.
In the Premier League Cup, Derby sit top of Group C with seven points out of nine at the halfway stage.
A 3-3 draw at Norwich earlier in the season got this season’s competition up and running in September.
That point on the road was followed up with 2-1 home wins over Charlton Athletic and Reading in October and November.
Those results have put Derby’s Under-23s in a strong position to progress to the knockout stage later in the campaign.
Norwich, meanwhile, are bottom of Group C with two draws and a defeat from their three group matches so far.
RamsTV will be streaming the game live for supporters to watch online.
In a change to the previous offering to supporters, this is available to Derby County Membership Holders and RamsTV subscribers.
Membership Holders will be sent a code to redeem to watch this season’s matches, while RamsTV subscribers simply need to log-in to their account.
Derby County’s Under-23s will continue to play most of their home fixtures for the 2021/22 season at Loughborough University.
Supporters will once again be able to attend the matches and tickets can be purchased in advance of each fixture from the Loughborough Sport website.
Advanced purchases are advised, and all tickets will be for the terracing areas of Loughborough University Stadium.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Season Ticket Holders: FREE (all Season Ticket Holders have been emailed a 2021/22 'proof of purchase' to show on arrival)
Advance Purchases: Adult £3.50, Concessions £1.50 (these include online booking fees)
Matchday Purchases: Adult £5, Concessions £2.50
* The doors will open for each match from 30 minutes before kick-off.
Stadium Address: Loughborough University Stadium, Loughborough, LE11 3TL.
Tickets for all of Derby County Under-23s’ fixtures at Loughborough University Stadium can be purchased here: loughboroughsport.ticketline.co.uk/derby-county-fc-u23.