Brentford vs Derby County
Tuesday 26 September
Griffin Park, 7.45pm
Sky Bet Championship
After losing just two of their nine games under Gary Rowett at the back-end of last season and with more big name arrivals in the summer, The Rams went into the season as one of the promotion favourites. However, it hasn't quite gone to plan for County so far with three wins, two draws, and three defeats leaving them 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table.
Rowett's side have really struggled away from the Pride Park, conceding ten goals in their last three away games in all competitions. An opening day point at Sunderland and a win over Bolton Wanderers is all they have to show for their four league games on the road this campaign.
The summer saw The Rams continue to assemble one of the biggest name squads in the second-tier. Seven-figure sums were spent on Andre Wisdom, Tom Huddlestone, Tom Lawrence, and Maikel Kieftenbeld plus there was the arrival on a free of Welsh International Joe Ledley. That spending was offset by Will Hughes big-money move to Watford, Cryus Christie's departure for Middlesbrough, and Tom Ince's switch to Huddersfield.
From that squad Darren Bent will be absent tonight with a Hamstring injury while George Thorne, Tom Lawrence, and Curtis Davies are all touch-and-go for the visit to Griffin Park.
Gary Rowett took over at Derby in March following his shock sacking as Birmingham City manager the previous December. With appearances for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United during a 16-year playing career, Rowett made the step into management after hanging up his boots with Burton.
Rowett led The Brewers to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in both his full seasons with the club before moving to St Andrew's to save his old club from relegation during the 2014/15 season. Despite Blues sitting 21st when he took over he guided them to a tenth placed finish before matching that feat again in 2016.
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Tickets for tonight's game will be on sale up to kick-off from just £28 adults, £22 seniors, £20 Young Persons, and £6 Juniors.
iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting live commentary alongside Marcus Gayle and Ijah Anderson.