Tuesday night gives Derby the perfect opportunity to put the last two games behind them and get back to winning ways with the visit of bottom of the table Barnsley.
This game will be Mark Robins’ second game in charge of the Tykes having lost his first match away at Watford on Saturday, Derby need to make sure the “new manager” factor doesn’t begin to have an effect until after Tuesday.
After defeat at Pride Park on Saturday Derby have no new injury worries, Paul Green is available for his second consecutive game following his foot injury and Kris Commons continues his comeback from injury. There will be an expectation from the home crowd for Derby to put a performance in and create more chances than they did against Sheffield United, question is will it happen?
Sadly I expect Nigel Clough to keep faith with his 4-5-1 formation, although Kris Commons may get a starting place back to support Rob Hulse from midfield. What we need to see is some more support for Hulse otherwise we are going to struggle to create chances again, we have managed to keep hold of one of the best strikers in the division so we need start creating him opportunities for him to do what he does best..score goals.
Barnsley may be bottom of the league but Derby have to be wary of the “returning ex-player” factor, Barnsley’s side could contain 3 ex-Rams on Tuesday – Darren Moore, Rob Kozluk and Jon Macken.
The statistics are in Derby’s favour, they have won 27 times out of the 54 meetings between the clubs and are unbeaten in the last 9 games at home. I fully expect Derby to win this game, a 3-0 victory to get Nigel’s men back to winning ways.
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