Predicted Derby County line-up to face Championship newcomers Barnsley

Here is how we predict Barnsley and Derby County will line up this weekend.

To be played on Saturday 13th August 2016 at 08:00. Venue: Oakwell, Barnsley

Odds: Barnsley 13/5, Draw 23/10, Derby 21/20

Championship newcomers Barnsley welcome Derby County at Oakwell this weekend in what will be Nigel Pearson’s first away match in charge of the East Midlands outfit.

The former Leicester City boss has made a solid start to life in charge of the Rams, drawing 0-0 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend before beating Grimsby Town 1-0 in the EFL Cup.

Derby's manager Nigel Pearson

Barnsley, on the other hand, lost their opening Championship fixture following their return from League One as they were downed 4-2 in an entertaining clash with Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Derby are the only Championship side this summer yet to make a signing with Pearson keen to examine his own squad before making any rash decisions, yet that could all change in the coming weeks.

It’s evident the new Derby boss is looking to move away from the 4-3-3 system which the Rams have become so familiar with in recent times to a variation of 4-4-2, and that’s something a number of players must adapt to.

With a host of midfielders but not many natural wingers, expect to see one or two players playing unfamiliar roles for Derby this weekend and a front two of Darren Bent and Chris Martin.

Barnsley predicted lineup

  • Adam Davies
  • Alfie Mawson
  • Marc Roberts
  • Aidan White
  • Andy Yiadom
  • Adam Hammill
  • Conor Hourihane
  • Ryan Kent
  • Josh Scowen
  • Marley Watkins
  • Tom Bradshaw

Derby predicted lineup

  • Scott Carson
  • Cyrus Christie
  • Craig Forsyth
  • Richard Keogh
  • Jason Shackell
  • Craig Bryson
  • Jacob Butterfield
  • Will Hughes
  • Tom Ince
  • Darren Bent
  • Chris Martin

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