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DERBY COUNTY PREVIEW

3 November 2021

Everything you need to know about our clash with the Rams here at Oakwell!

The Reds take on Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship tonight in a 7.45pm kick-off, in a bottom-of-the-table meeting with the Rams. 

It's all-change at Oakwell, following the departure of Markus Schopp. 

A seven-game losing run saw the Austrian relieved of his duties on Monday morning with assistant coach Jo Laumann taking control of first team affairs in the interim.

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The final straw being last weekend's loss on the road at Bristol City. Despite dominating for much of the game and taking an early lead, the Reds were beaten 2-1 by the Robins. 

Barnsley are winless in 13, since the solitary victory way back on August 14 against Coventry City here at Oakwell.

We currently sit 23rd in the table, just three points above tonight's opponents, who were handed a 12-point deduction at the beginning of the season for entering administration. 

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The Rams have only lost one of their last six fixtures coming into this one. But that came last time out, going down 2-1 at Pride Park against Blackburn Rovers. 

They've proven to be draw specialists this term, with eight tied games from 15 played so far in 21/22.

Football icon Wayne Rooney remains in charge of the Rams, having last season called time on his glittering playing career to enter management. He led Derby to a final day escape last season, before the off-field dramas made themselves known. 

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Despite the issues surrounding the club, the Rams still have a decent squad for this level. Experience in the team, such as Phil Jagielka and Curtis Davies is backed up by young, emerging talent in the shape of Louie Sibley and Max Bird. 

Polish international Kamil Jóźwiak offers pace and a threat from wide areas whilst Tom Lawrence is a genuine presence at this level who is capable of scoring from all angles.

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Leicestershire-based official Kevin Friend is the man in the middle for tonight's clash. One of the elite referees operating in the Premier League, he last took control of a Barnsley fixture in April of 2017 when the Reds drew 1-1 at Oakwell against Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday night’s game against the Rams will be broadcast live in the UK by both Sky Sports (red button) and iFollow Barnsley

You can buy a match pass to watch the game for £10 in the UK, just click the link below for more information.

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