As club football resumes this weekend, we take a closer look at Derby County’s next five games against Watford, Leeds United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Middlesbrough and Chelsea.
Watford v Derby County
The Rams will resume their campaign with an away game against Watford on Saturday, and one would expect them to at least pick up a point.
Leeds United v Derby County
Winning at Elland Road is never easy and, despite Derby’s obvious superior team, they will find it hard to get the better of a rejuvenated Leeds United side.
The West Yorkshire club will need to be at their best against a Derby team backed by many to gain automatic promotion to the Premier League, and they may just about edge it.
Derby County v Brighton & Hove Albion
Steve McClaren’s side have a strong home record, and they are likely to maintain that against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Things could change between now and the first week of December, but the Seagulls should prepare themselves for disappointment at the iPro Stadium.
Middlesbrough v Derby County
Middlesbrough themselves are going strong this season and are eyeing automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Winning at the Riverside Stadium will not be easy for Derby, who could just about pick up a point if they are lucky.
Derby County v Chelsea
On paper, Chelsea will easily defeat Derby even away from home. However, Blues manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to play his best players, which means that the Rams will have a chance of winning this League Cup quarter-final tie.
Playing at home will give Derby an added impetus, and they could emerge victorious from this tie.