Date:Saturday October 2 2010
The Rams make the journey to Wales to face a Swansea City side who haven´t dropped a single point on home soil so far rhis season. Nigel Clough´s Derby side will be looking to end that run and have good reason to be confident, after smashing Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough in their last two matches. Derby have indeed been playing some superb football, but they will need to step their game up in this away fixture, as Swansea have been so impressive at The Liberty so far this term.
Rams striker Shefki Kuqi, on loan from Swansea, is keen to give his team-mates a helping hand with some inside-info on his parent club, but still wishes he was lining up for The Rams today: 'Of course, it is frustrating not to be able to play, especially with the team playing well,' said Kuqi.
'You want to just keep going and be on the team but that's football and I'm confident the lads will go there and get something.
'In one way, I can understand why Swansea don't want me to play but in another way, I don't really, because if they didn't want me, I don't see any reason why they should stop me from playing against them. But I can't do anything about it.
'However, I will have a chat with the lads and if they want some information on Swansea, I will be more than happy to help them out.'
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers recognises the threat that Derby possess, but has highlighted his own side´s excellent recent form: 'They have got some really good players and they will be confident after two good home wins,' Rodgers conceded.
'But we are confident too, and we will do everything we can to extend our terrific home record. I think we have given the supporters something to be proud of and we want to keep that going.'
Darren Pratley and David Cotterill face late fitness tests having been recently kept on the sidelines. Scott Sinclair is also a doubt to face The Rams.Angel Rangel could come into the side at left back, but has stated that the competition for places means he will not waltz back into the side.
Dobbie has bagged four goals this season in the league and is looking dangerous. He will carry Swansea´s main goal threat, especially with Scott Sinclair (eight goals this season) set to miss out.
Luke Moore looks set to replace Shefki Kuqi, who cannot face his parent club as part of the loan agreement between the two sides. Chris Porter could give Derby a striking boost as he could feature from the bench having made another recovery from a hip injury. Alberto Bueno may be rested as he still needs time to adjust to the physical demands of English football.
Commons has been in scintillating form in the last two matches at Pride Park. Nigel Clough has demanded consistency from his star man, so to score in three consecutive games would be the ideal way to display this, and it would go some way towards convincing the Rams´s boss to give him a new contract.
Sheffield United (h) 0-1
Hull City (a)0-2
Barnsley (a) 1-1
Crystal Palace (h) 5-0
Middlesbrough (h) 3-1
Coventry City(h) 2-1
Scunthorpe United (h) 2-0
Peterborough United (a) 3-1
Nottingham Forest (a) 1-3
Watford (a) 2-3
Derby County vs. Preston North End, Sat 16th October, 15:00pm, The Championship
Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!
Date:Saturday October 2 2010
Late Sammon Strike Wins It For Rams (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Stats: Derby County v Middlesbrough (Wednesday December 4 2013)
Smith Heads Back To White Hart Lane (Tuesday December 3 2013)
Derby Up To Fifth (Monday December 2 2013)
Stats: Wigan Athletic v Derby County (Monday December 2 2013)
Vital Derby On Twitter (Sunday December 1 2013)
McClaren Will Not Think About Play-offs Yet (Sunday December 1 2013)
Vital Derby On Facebook (Saturday November 30 2013)
O'Brien Glad To Be Back (Friday November 29 2013)
Duo Set To Return (Friday November 29 2013)
|Derby County||3||-||0||Sheff Wed|
|1. Leicester City||18||12||2||4||12||38|
|4. Derby County||18||9||4||5||10||31|
|7. Leeds Utd||18||9||2||7||6||29|
|LUFC Mowatt commits himself to Leeds
» Leeds Utd : 05/12/2013 19:27:00
|DRFC Bolton v Doncaster Team News
» Doncaster : 05/12/2013 19:00:00
|Spooner: We Were Sloppy
» Birmingham : 05/12/2013 18:42:00
|Rovers welcome back duo
» Blackburn : 05/12/2013 18:13:00
|DRFC Can Rovers beat Bolton?
» Doncaster : 05/12/2013 18:00:00
|Permission To Speak? Latics Ask To Talk To Uwe
» Wigan : 05/12/2013 17:15:00
|Adkins to make Sharp loan permanent in Jan?
» Reading : 05/12/2013 16:52:00