Coventry City vs Derby County preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Lee Buchanan of Derby County battles with Callum O'Hare of Coventry City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Coventry City at the Pride Park, Derby on Tuesday 1st December 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney's Derby County will be looking to make amends for their embarrassing 4-0 defeat away at Cardiff City when they play fellow relegation strugglers Coventry City on Saturday. 

Coventry come into the game off the back of a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough

The home side currently sit in 20th place in the Sky Bet Championship whilst the Rams are a place and three points ahead of their opponents.

Team news

Mark Robins could make just one change to the side that lost in midweek with central midfielder Matty James pushing for a recall.

Brighton loanee Leo Ostigard serves the final instalment of his suspension, whilst Matt Godden and Jodi Jones remain injured for the Sky Blues.

Colin Kazim-Richards will return up front, while Jason Knight will also be recalled in an attacking midfield role.

Right-back Nathan Byrne and central midfielder Max Bird look set to return for the visitors.

Tom Lawrence and David Marshall will miss out once again, whilst Curtis Davies and Krystian Bielik are long-term absentees.

Predicted lineups

Coventry City (3-5-2): 

Wilson; Dabo, Hyam, McFadzean, Rose, McCallum, James, Hamer, O'Hare, Biamou, Walker. 

Derby County (4-2-3-1): 

Roos, Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan, Bird, Shinnie, Jozwiak, Knight, Sibley, Kazim-Richards.

Ones to watch

Tyler Walker - Coventry City

Son of Nottingham Forest legend Des Walker, Tyler Walker will look to inflict damage against the Rams on Saturday. After joining from the Reds in the summer, Walker has had a good start to life for the Sky Blues. The 24-year-old has scored five times this season including two against promotion-chasing Brentford

His pace and hold up play is getting better by the week and starting to show glimpses of his loan spell at Lincoln City last season that led to Forest recalling him. 

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Colin Kazim-Richards - Derby County 

When Colin Kazim-Richards was signed on a free transfer, many Rams fans raised eyebrows at the signing and had already written the 34-year-old off. However, the experienced striker has been a shrewd addition for the club. In his 25 appearances, he has grabbed a respectable seven goals but it is more than just the goals for Kazim-Richards.

His hold up play and aerial ability allows him to be a focal point for Rooney's side and adds a different dimension to fellow striker Martyn Waghorn. If Derby play to his strengths this weekend, he could cause a real problem for the Coventry backline. 

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Previous meetings

The two sides back in December with the game ending in a 1-1 draw at Pride Park. Over the last five meetings, Coventry have the upper hand with two wins to the Rams one. The last time Coventry hosted Derby was all the way back in September 2011 at the Ricoh Arena with the Sky Blues running out 2-0 winners. 

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How to watch

Due to the current national lockdown, no fans will be in attendance at St Andrews. This means the game is available on iFollow through Coventry and Derby's respective club websites, with passes being priced at £10. 

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday 6 March 2021.

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