Heading into this crunch match, both teams will be packed full of confidence. Derby have just took 7 points from a possible 9 against in-form trio, Sheffield United, West Brom and Middlesbrough, all before losing 3-2 in the Carabao Cup to Chelsea, a match in which the Rams showed exactly what they’re capable of, pushing Maurizio Sarri’s side all the way to the final whistle, a truly valiant effort.
Birmingham on the other hand are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, including a recent 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Monk’s men are more than certainly on a roll which is set to make Saturday’s encounter even more interesting than before.
Derby have been playing some fantastic stuff recently. Jack Marriott has finally hit form, 4 goals and 2 assists in his last five games makes for good reading. Tom Huddlestone is back to his best in the heart of midfield, and Harry Wilson has found a new position in the middle which enables all five major attacking presences in our team to play at the same time; Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Jack Marriott, Martyn Waghorn, and Tom Lawrence. Our threat going forward this season has been far greater than that of any attacks in recent times, a real positive change implemented by Frank Lampard.
Birmingham have equally got their fair share of goal scorers this season. Lukas Jutkiewicz currently has 8 goals and 3 assists to his name whereas Che Adams has 5 goals and 2 assists, definite threats to Derby’s, at times this campaign, leaky defence.
I can see the main battle this weekend being between big Jack Marriott and the Birmingham defence, especially centre-backs, Michael Morrison and Harlee Dean. Marriott is on fire at the moment, he’s scored against Manchester United, he’s scored against Chelsea, so he’s sure to be full of confidence heading into this match, and rightly so.
I don’t think Derby will change their line-up at all to be honest, Lampard has found a system that he likes and it’s been getting the job done in recent fixtures so in case you needed reminding, here’s my predicted 11 for the Birmingham fixture:
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As for Birmingham I can’t see them changing things up to much either, so my predicted eleven for the away side is as follows;
As far as result predictions go, it’s anyone’s guess, however I am quietly confident that under Lampard’s guidance we can beat anyone in this league on our day, so hopefully we’ll have added a few points to our total by this time next week. As always, up the Rams!
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