Derby County manager Paul Clement will be looking for his team to produce a more comprehensive performance in the League Cup game than the side were able to produce in their opening Championship game against Bolton.
It’s a different competition and different circumstances, but the manager will be keen for his players to start developing a winning mentality as quickly as possible, which will help the team to build some momentum and get moving in the right direction.
It’s a chance for any fresh players coming into the team to show the manager why they should have featured in the first place and why they can be the difference across multiple formats for the team.
It’s a dangerous game for the Rams because while they are the heavy favourites, Portsmouth have nothing to lose and can go hell for leather looking to pile the pressure onto Derby, giving them something to worry about.
Here’s the possible team that Clement could go with, as he searches for his first competitive win in charge of the team.
Derby County: Carson, Baird, Pearce, Shackell, Forsyth, Thorne, Hendrick, Shotton, Ince, Weimann, Bent