UK time is: 20:21:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Chelsea v Rams - Preview

Chelsea v Rams - Preview

The Rams head to capital tonight to take on Avram Grant`s third placed Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (8pm).

The Rams will hope for a better result than the last time they played in London against a top of the table team on Saturday, 22 September 2007 when they were thrashed 5-0 at Arsenal.

Rams boss Paul Jewell says the game at Chelsea is the perfect chance for his players to prove they deserve to be at Derby County next season.

The Rams also face Sir Alex Ferguson`s Manchester United on Saturday and Jewell told BBC Radio Derby it is a test they should relish.

Jewell says he fully expects Chelsea to be back on their game and eager to prove the FA Cup defeat against Barnsley was a blip.

'I want the players to go out and to say 'I want to be here',' he said.

'I've made up my mind about some people already but there is always a chance for people to say 'I want to be here and I'm good enough to be here'.'

"Great teams bounce back,' Jewell said.

'We have to play really well and they have to have an off day. If we play well and they play well we know we will get beat.

'But we want to go and give them a game. We can't compete with them man for man but we can work even harder than them and that's what we have to do.'

Rams chairman of football Adam Pearson says Pride Park will be a hive of activity in the summer as they prepare for life in the Championship and the coach will have his full backing.

He told BBC Radio Derby: 'There will be six or seven each way. We will re-shape the squad quite significantly.

'That's why it's important for the players to respond between now and the end of the season.'

In Rams team news skipper Robbie Savage could be in line for a Derby recall, while Dean Leacock could also return from a hip problem.

There is two defiantly out of the side Giles Barnes, who is out for the rest of the campaign with a knee injury and forward Craig Fagan has joined Hull on loan until the end of the season.

In Chelsea team news they must decide whether to recall midfielder Frank Lampard and striker Didier Drogba after the Barnsley game. Defiantly out is goalkeeper Petr Cech with his ankle problem.

Chelsea boss Grant is hoping his side can bouncing back from the shock FA Cup defeat. He said: "The players were very hurt - it was embarrassing losing a game like that.

'I know that at Chelsea every loss is a crisis but it's not like that.

'We are a team; we win as a team and lose as a team. We want to fight for the titles. That's why we're here.'

Squads
Chelsea
(from): Cudicini, Hilario, Ferreira, Belletti, Terry, Carvalho, Ben-Haim, Alex, Bridge, A Cole, Lampard, Essien, Makelele, Sidwell, Ballack, Obi, J Cole, Pizarro, Shevchenko, Drogba, Kalou, Wright-Phillips, Malouda, Anelka.

Derby (from): Carroll, Leacock, Moore, Todd, Stubbs, McEveley, Lewis, Edworthy, Savage, Pearson, Jones, Miller, Earnshaw, Ghaly, Villa, Robert, Price, Sterjovski.

Referee - Chris Foy (St Helens, Merseyside)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Peter Simcox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 12 2008

Time: 10:49AM

Your Comments

spelndid picture that one :-)
merlin
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Derby County Articles

Bryson Strike Secures Win (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Watford v Derby County (Sunday November 23 2014)

Trip To Portman Road To Be Televised (Saturday November 22 2014)

Butland's Stay Extended (Friday November 21 2014)

Russell And Chrisite Earn First Caps (Thursday November 20 2014)

Final Day Fixtures Set (Wednesday November 19 2014)

Rams Thrash Wolves (Saturday November 8 2014)

Stats: Derby County v Wolves (Saturday November 8 2014)

Rams Back To Winning Ways (Wednesday November 5 2014)

Archived Derby County Articles

List All Vital Derby Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Derby County 18 10 5 3 +18 35
2. Bournemouth 18 9 5 4 +17 32
3. Middlesbrough 18 9 5 4 +14 32
4. Ipswich 18 8 7 3 +8 31
5. Brentford 18 9 4 5 +2 31
6. Blackburn 18 8 6 4 +4 30
7. Watford 18 8 5 5 +10 29

Breaking League News

LUFC Striker admits he has no future at Leeds
Leeds Utd : 28/11/2014 20:16:00
Vital Preview: Watford v Cardiff
Cardiff : 28/11/2014 20:13:00
Halford's Loan Extended!
Forest : 28/11/2014 20:06:00
Ipswich Town Under The Microscope Again
Ipswich : 28/11/2014 19:50:00
Birmingham v Forest Match Preview
Forest : 28/11/2014 19:49:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do The Rams still need to strengthen?
Suggested By:  MikeC
Goalkeeper 6%
Fullback 7%
Central Defender 50%
Midfield 6%
Wide Attacker 6%
Central Striker 19%
Nowhere 6%