13/01/18 Birmingham City v Derby County- predictions, hopes and fears

Match Day Predictions

Well this time last week we were getting ready for the cup tie v Man Utd. Most people predicted we would lose but realistically we were all concentrating on the league weren’t we? The result wasn’t to bad and the performance was uplifting and gave us some hope as we dream of automatic promotion.

I asked twitter users last week to complete this sentence in 4 words- now we can concentrate….. One correspondent replied: ” On keeping Gary Rowett.”

Job done.

Now we can concentrate on gaining automatic promotion. Tomorrow’s game is crucial, not so much in terms of the result as such but in keeping our hopes alive that we won’t suffer the Winter dip. The fact that Gary was Manager of the Month and Scott player of the month is not going to help the glass half empty fans amongst us.

What do you think?

Please follow the link below and have your say on tomorrow’s match.

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05/01/18 Manchester Utd v Derby County – FA Cup 3rd Round

Match Day Predictions

Unnecessary distraction or a test of our Premiership credentials? Put out the best team or test the squad strength in depth? Could we win or will we get thrashed? Is Gary already concentrating on the league or going for a cup run?

Tell us your views by completing this quick to complete survey ahead of the game.

Note: at time of writing, both Bradley Johnson and Joe Ledley were said to be injury doubts.

Have you say here! 

However you are following the game,join us for the match by following updates on @derbycounty As well as updates we will retweet (some of) your comments- it’s like being at the match with your fellow fans!

After the game, we will summarise your predictions and compare with the actual result.

COME ON YOU RAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

01/01/18 Derby County v Sheffield United (1-1)

Match Day Predictions

The day started well. 87% of those completing our prediction survey believed that Derby would win. 1 person went for 5-0 (I think they were predicting the Villa score!) and @robbiethomson18 went for 4-0 adding ”  think rams will walk through them.”

Even the sun was shining in the backyard of the Brunswick as we supped ale and exchanged Christmas anecdotes, so confident of a win that we did not even discuss the forthcoming game.

But it was a poor performance and ended in drizzle and disappointment.

@roynadinprint may not be so disappointed as they predicted the correct score. 10% of respondents went for a draw-maybe these are the realists amongst us.

79% predicted that Vydra would score – no surprise there.

I don’t think anyone got the correct starting line up though some might say it was Gary that got it wrong!

Still 2nd and nervous- it’s the Derby way.  You can see a summary of your predictions by clicking on the link here.

Next up- Manchester United. New survey coming soon!

Your comments on this post and or the match most welcome!




01/01/18 Derby County v Sheffield United – Your Match Day Predictions

Match Day Predictions


01/01/18 Derby County v Sheffield United

The current Match day prediction survey ahead of this game is currently open!

After the team changes against Ipswich Town and a good result, Gary Rowett has a bit of a selection head-ache. What would you do?

Select your starting line up, score and scorers before 14.00 hrs (uk time) on 01/01/18 in this quick to complete survey. A link to a summary of the results will be published here as soon as possible after it closes.

You can join in the survey here

Good luck!




Eustace is integral to Derby’s promotion push


February has consisted of three 1-0 wins for the Rams, who, during the month, widened the gap between the club and seventh place and helped narrow the gap on the automatic promotion places.

The month began with a 3-3 draw at Birmingham; there was no doubt that it was two points lost and not one gained. Defensive lapses cost the team dearly after leading 3-1. Clearly McClaren sat down and reassessed the approach because after that Derby showed that they could impressively win in a gritty manner and shut the opponents out.

It is a tough month to pick player of the month, but due to the response to that draw in the second city I have chosen a man integral to defensive duties in midfield, John Eustace.

A goal in the following game against Queens Park Rangers was his first for the club since joining in the summer. The looping header eluded the scrambling Rangers’ backline and, after the game, it was revealed that Eustace shouldn’t have gone forward for that very corner! Football’s a funny old game.

A decisive goal wasn’t his only contribution in that breakthrough for Derby (a first win over fellow automatic promotion chasers), the midfielder also helped shut out the, on paper, exceptional QPR midfield, where the team, in spite of their riches, offered little, as the hosts grounded out a deserved result.

Again, against Sheffield Wednesday, the Rams won 1-0, this time at Hillsborough. Derby were by no means at their best, nevertheless another three points were added to their name due to that new-found dogged resistance after months of free-scoring wins. It may not be as pretty to witness but it can be hugely appreciated – all the tops sides can do it. Once more, the ex-Watford skipper helped shut out the opponents and played the full 90 minutes.

However, against Bournemouth, Eustace was substituted at the interval to make way for more attacking power – the change paid off as McClaren’s side won 1-0.

John Eustace has had a prominent role in this season’s success to date. At the beginning of the season, the ex-Watford captain didn’t feature as often, now he is intrinsic to the side. Another defensive midfield player, in the shape of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion, was brought to the club in loan in late January. Thorne is yet to feature, with Eustace continuing to impress.

Pivotally, the ex-Sky Blues man’s calm head and experience will be cardinal in the promotion run-in. A salute must also go to Nigel Clough for bringing in such a terrific player in on a free transfer in the summer.

By Nathan Morley