Looking At Tuesday's Opponents
With their play-off slot looking pretty secure, Derby County will be looking to gain some momentum from their favourable run-in before their season extension.
County’s six remaining fixtures avoid the top 11 teams in The Championship, the first of which comes at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday.
A return of just two wins from their last eight games has dampened any hopes Steve McClaren’s side had of automatic promotion however.
11 points behind Burnley in second with six games to go, it will be a tough task for a County side who’ve won just once away from home since the turn of the year.
Like Blackpool, The Rams go into Tuesday’s game on the back of a defeat, after McClaren lost on his return to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
However they convincingly beat a depleted Pool side at the iPro Stadium in December, and they’ll hope that provides a psychological edge tomorrow.
How they’re getting on…
Derby’s recent form has been patchy, having claimed indifferent results since the beginning on March, where they’ve won just twice.
A 5-1 rout of neighbours Nottingham Forest provided a confidence boost, as did a victory over Charlton, but they’ll be disappointed with Saturday’s defeat at Boro.
Man in charge…
McClaren returned to English management with Derby in September, and has since all but solidified their play-off position.
The former-England manager had been helping out at QPR at the start of the season, but has done an impressive job since taking over from Nigel Clough at the iPro Stadium.
Scoring the goals…
Patrick Bamford has proved an astute signing since his arrival on loan from Chelsea in January.
The striker had shone for MK Dons prior to Christmas, and now has eight goals to his name in a Derby shirt.
Away from home…
It is their away form which has let Derby down in recent weeks, with the 1-0 success at Sheffield Wednesday their only victory on the road in 2014.
Without an away win in four matches, Derby have been sunk by Boro, Burnley and Ipswich in recent weeks.