Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers Preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
DERBY, ENGLAND - MARCH 08: Blackburn Rovers Ben Brereton in action with Derby County's Max Bird during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Blackburn Rovers at Pride Park Stadium on March 8, 2020 in Derby, England. (Photo by Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Derby County and Blackburn Rovers will go head to head at Pride Park as Phillip Cocu looks for his first win of the season and Tony Mowbray looks to build on a 5-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers last time out.

Team News

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Derby boss Cocu will be able to select Mike te Wierik, who is available again after serving a one-match suspension after a red card over Preston in the Carabao Cup.

Jack Marriott has returned to training after a minor ankle knock, while Duane Holmes could be selected after returning from an injury picked up against Barrow.

Mowbray is unlikely to change the Blackburn team which began in the 5-0 win over Wycombe.

Daniel Ayala is unlikely to be considered for selection until next month after joining on a free transfer last week.

Predicted Lineups

Derby County predicted starting lineup: Marshall; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Forsyth; Bird, Shinnie; Jozwiak, Sibley, Knight; Marriott

Blackburn Rovers predicted starting lineup: Kaminski; Rankin-Costello, Lenihan, Williams, Bell; Holtby, Johnson, Rothwell; Dolan, Armstrong, Brereton

  • Ones to watch

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The big duel this weekend could well be who comes out on top in the battle of the enforcers as Derby's Graeme Shinnie comes up against former Ram Bradley Johnson.

The tough tackling midfielders are all about winning the ball back for their team and moving it on to the more creative players. 

This could well be the battle that decides the game when the two square off at Pride Park on Saturday. 

  • Previous Meeting

The last time these two met saw the emergence of 18-year-old Louie Sibley for Derby as he scored on his debut. 

Sibley announced himself on the scene with a thunderous strike from just outside the area on his first start for the Rams. 

Chris Martin added two in the second half and Derby ran out 3-0 winners

  • How to watch

The match is available to watch on IFollow and RamsTV.

  • Manager's comments

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Phillip Cocu says it's important to get points on the board. 

“It is always important to get points on the board because, like we said last season, if you win a few games you can play positive good football and we try to do that in every game,” Cocu told RamsTV.

“You have to combine that with good results as well. Two defeats in a row in the league means there is a little bit more pressure for the next game.

“We need to make sure we play on the front foot and keep being creative and create the same amount of opportunities that we did in our last game at Luton.

“That was a positive development, but we cannot sit down and relax. We have to push more and push harder to get a win. You must put up a fight every game in the Championship. We have to make sure the details are in our favour and we get a positive result.”

 

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