Derby County have another chance to try and escape the Championship relegation zone, but the odds are stacked against them.
Wayne Rooney’s Rams are in action against promotion hopefuls Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off), quite a high order on its own. But the trip to Ewood Park was always a moment to forget for Derby, who have not won in Lancashire since 2014 – a 3-2 success built on goals from second-placed Jamie Ward and Will Hughes.
As relegation rivals Barnsley scored a point against leaders Fulham last time out, Rooney’s men need to show an answer. But Rovers also need a boost if they are to maintain their play-off push after being winless in their last three games.
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Sky Sports expert David Prutton, the former Leeds United and Nottingham Forest midfielder, has predicted a close encounter at Ewood Park – but believes the hosts will return to winning ways.
“The ball just won’t go into the back of the net for Blackburn,” Prutton wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They need to find goals or the top six will be gone for them. Derby will be hoping to take advantage but they are struggling on the road and lacking goals themselves. It should be a close game, records recent suggests he won’ “There won’t be many goals. I will support Rovers to win.”
Rovers star Bradley Dack, back in the side after a year out through injury, saw a penalty saved in a 1-0 home loss to Bristol City at the weekend, but Prutton is confident that Blackburn will stop their recent slide by claiming a 1-0 win over the ailing Rams.