Derby County vs Barnsley preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
DERBY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: A general view of Pride Park before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Cardiff City at Pride Park Stadium on October 28, 2020 in Derby, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Derby County have had a poor start to the season and Phillip Cocu may well be sweating over his future, although the Dutchman is not able to attend the game on Saturday, he will be hoping his team can find their second win of the season to help elevate them out the bottom three. 

Barnsley on the other hand have had a half-decent start to the season and find themselves sat comfortably in mid-table, the recent appointment of Valerien Ismael has seen an upturn in the Tykes form turning draws into wins. 

Team News

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Louie Sibley could be back in contention for the Rams after returning from injury along with Poland international Krystian Bielik who has been out for a substantial amount of time with an ACL tear. 

Winger Jordon Ibe could also be pushing for a spot in the 18 but it may well be too soon for the former Bournemouth man as he missed their U23's game on Friday through illness.

For Barnsley, they may well be boosted by the return of striker Cauley Woodrow as he missed the previous game with a hamstring injury. 

Ismael has no other fresh injury concerns and should have a full selection to choose from. 

Predicted Lineups

Derby County possible starting lineup (3-4-3): Marshall; Wisdom, Davies, Clarke; Byrne, Knight, Shinnie, Buchanan; Jozwiak, Lawrence, Waghorn

Barnsley possible starting lineup (3-4-2-1): Walton; Sollbauer, Helik, Andersen; Frieser, Mowatt, James, Styles; Chaplin, Simoes; Woodrow

Ones to watch

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For the Rams, a player to keep an eye on is Kamil Jozwiak, the summer signing from Lech Poznan has been one of the few bright sparks this season. The winger is explosive and is a tricky customer, giving Derby a little more going forward than they had before. Although he has struggled to get on the scoresheet this season, he has been at the heart of most good things and it won't be long before he gets his name on the scoresheet. 

Barnsley on the other hand will be looking a creative midfielder Alex Mowatt for a spark of brilliance. Mowatt has been a regular in the side so far this season, the 25-year-old has picked up two goals and an assist during the first ten games from the heart of midfield. 

Previous Meeting

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These two sides last met back in January in what was Wayne Rooney's first home game for the Rams since joining from D.C United. 

It didn't take long for the former England international to have his say as his deep free-kick was turned home by forward Jack Marriott right on the stroke of half-time. 

Barnsley equalised early in the second half through Elliot Simoes but Martyn Waghorn put Derby back ahead soon after and they would hold on for the win at Pride Park.

How to watch

The game will be available to watch on IFollow and RamsTV for £10 with kick-off at 15:00 BST.

What the managers have said

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With Cocu not available due to COVID restrictions placed upon him, first team coach Liam Rosenior spoke to the media and said that the team need to "keep working" to get that win. 

We just need to keep working and give the players belief and confidence that things will turn for them,” Rosenior told RamsTV.

“It is difficult when you go through a tough period. I looked in the players’ eyes after the game on Wednesday and they know that the levels were not up to it in the first half, but we were better after half-time.

“You can’t guarantee that you will play really well every week, you can’t guarantee that you are going to score goals from 30 yards. What you can guarantee is that you can come off the pitch and say ‘I gave that everything’ in terms of going for tackles, headers and passion for the game.

“We need to do that for 90 minutes, and with the quality of players we have at this football club, if we do that then results will turn for us. I have no doubt about that.

“We have got a lot of experience in that dressing room and a lot of quality as well. Sometimes it just takes a moment of brilliance, a lucky deflection or a referee’s decision to go your way and then suddenly, the whole atmosphere around the football club changes.

“We just need to make sure we have got patience and time to make sure we are moving in the right direction.”

Barnsley manager Ismael admitted he wants to ee more courage from his team at the weekend.

I want to see more courage from my team.” Valérien told the Barnsley website.

“We know that Derby are struggling at the moment, but they have a roster of quality players that should be in the top five in the division.

“It’s a bad moment for them, but this is a long season. 

“I want us to go there on Saturday and make it unpleasant for Derby. We have to transfer our plan into action, to go there and win, and then we move into the break in good confidence.”