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Match Preview: Derby County

Everything pre-match ahead of our trip to The Rams

2 February 2018

Brentford visit Pride Park on Saturday after winning two of their last three games in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition

Derby County host The Bees on Saturday while on a run of only two defeats in their last 17 games. After an average start to the season, a run of wins saw them climb the table to the point where they now sit second in the league table.

On 26 September, Brentford drew 1-1 with Gary Rowett's side when Ollie Watkins levelled just before half time after Joe Ledley had opened the scoring at Griffin Park. This was the second in Brentford's nine-game unbeaten run that saw them climb up to just under the Play-Off spots.

Their form has seen them draw two and win two in the last four Championship games. January also saw them lose 2-0 to Manchester United in the FA Cup. Derby finished 9th in the league last season but fans are hoping to push on to reach the Premier League for the first time since 2007/08.

Team News

County completed the loan signing of Kasey Palmer from Chelsea on transfer deadline day after adding striker Cameron Jerome earlier in the window. Three forwards went the other way as Mason Bennett joined Notts County, Chris Martin went to Reading and Darren Bent agreed a loan deal with Burton Albion. Rowett has been coy on whether Palmer will be involved tomorrow while he also has concerns over the availability of Bradley Johnson and Andreas Weimann.

Brentford forward Chiedozie Ogbene could make his first matchday squad after joining from Limerick in the past few days. Romaine Sawyers missed the Norwich City game through illness but has been back in training this week. John Egan and Henrik Dalsgaard also came back into the squad last weekend after injury.

The Manager

Gary Rowett took over at Derby in March after he was sacked by Birmingham City a few months earlier. His 16-year player career saw him make appearances for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United. He stepped into management after a spell with Burton Albion.

Rowett took Burton to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in both of his first two full seasons with The Brewers. He then moved to St Andrew's to rescue The Blues from relegation in the 2014/15 season. Coming in with them in the bottom four places in the league, he took them to tenth before repeating that finish a year later.

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: "The players are in a good place"

Opposition View: Chris Watson from the Derby Telegraph tells us what we need to know about The Rams this season

Yoann Barbet: "We have 17 games to go and it will be like 17 finals"

Ticket news

There will be Pay on the Day at Pride Park tomorrow from the away end:

£25 Adults
£18.50 Seniors
£15.50 13-17
£10 2-12

Betting Preview

Principal partners LeoVegas have a range of markets on tomorrow's game. Check out their wide range of markets here.

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be on air from 2.30pm on Saturday as Mark Burridge hosts Matchday Live from Pride Park. He will be joined by Ciaran Brett and Dave Morley.

Download the Official Brentford FC App to get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views and reaction from the game. Visit the Play Store or iTunes App Store now to download.

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