Sheffield United vs Derby County preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
DERBY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Shay Given, Co-Interim Manager of Derby County speaks with Wayne Rooney, Co-Interim Manager of Derby County prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Coventry City at Pride Park Stadium on December 01, 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 Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Round two of the EFL Cup will see fellow EFL Championship sides Sheffield United and Derby County clash at Bramall Lane.

The hosts come into this round off the back of a 1-0 home win to Carlisle United whilst the away side barely beat Salford City to earn their spot in this round.

United, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, have struggled so far this campaign after losing three and drawing one of their four games. Derby, on the other hand, have done well so far considering their many issues over the summer and pre-season. 

One win, against Hull City, two draws and one loss reads better then expected for the Rams

It's expected to be an encounter filled with youngsters and could go either way.

  • Team news

Slaviša Jokanović played plenty of youngsters in the first round tie and believes that could be the case again despite making the third round a priority. 

Former Rams player Jayden Bogle could be granted a start with Luke Freeman who is expected to make his return to the midfield.  The experienced David McGoldrick is likely to come in, whilst Billy Sharp, who is two goals away from the 250 landmark, may also feature.

As for Derby, they also played a team dominated by youngsters in their match with Salford. Wayne Rooney told RamsTV: “The team for the Sheffield United game will be a similar team to the one that featured in the Salford City game in Round One.

“We have seen that if we get an injury, some of these players will have to step up so it’s a great opportunity for these players to get minutes in.

“I think they are ready to go and show people what good players they are.”

  • Predicted lineups

Sheffield United: Verrips, Basham, Lopata, Gordon, Bogle, Freeman, Brunt, Norrington-Davies, McGoldrick, Sharp, Smith

Derby County: Allsopp, Ebosele, Brown, Stearman, Forsyth, Hutchinson, Bird, Sibley, Morrison, Jozwiak, Stretton

  • Ones to watch

Sheffield United

Experienced striker Sharp could be the difference maker in this tie. His appearance midway through the second half in the sides last league game was rewarded with a goal and the striker will be looking to make it two from two against Derby. 

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Not only is he on his way to reaching 250 career goals, he is also only one away from reaching 100 goals in his second spell at his boyhood club, the Blades.

Against his upcoming opponents, Sharp has made 14 appearances, scoring seven and assisting three. The 35-year-old's wealth of experience will help lead the younger in to battle this Tuesday.

Derby County

New signing Ravel Morrison has been a breath of fresh air for the Rams this season and vice versa. The incredibly talented attacking midfielder has had a troubled career due to attitude issues. However, in a club stricken with chaos he has found his feet and looks comfortable.

So far this season, Morrison has scored and assisted one in four games in all competitions with his goal coming in the last round of the EFL Cup.

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Technically gifted and a sense of attacking flare, Morrison has it all and just behind the striker is a real menace for struggling defenses like United's.

  • Previous meetings

Since 2010 the two sides have met eight times with the Blades winning four, the Rams three and one ending all square. 18 goals have been scored in those ties with United boasting the biggest score line, winning 3-1 twice.

It makes worse reading for Derby fans as the club has lost the las two meetings. The two clubs have never faced each other in this cup before.

  • How to watch

The game will be available to watch on the streaming platform iFollow. For all fans outside the UK it will also be available via iFollow.

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