Saturday, 15 August 2015

Big test at Derby

It's promotion favourites versus relegation favourites at the IPro stadium this afternoon. A crowd of around 30,000 is expected for the first home game of Rams boss Paul Clement. Charlton have won only one of their last twenty away matches against the Rams. Derby have won their last five home games against Charlton, four with clean sheets. Last year we lost 2-0 and the year before that 3-0.

Rams boss Paul Clement is is set to make changes after Derby's League Cup defeat to Portsmouth with Scott Carson, Richard Keogh, George Thorne, Tom Ince and Chris Martin all pushing for a return. Craig Bryson's knee injury will rule him out for at least two weeks.

Rather than taking the usual 'three easy points' line when Charlton visit, Clement reckons it will be a hard game. He said, 'Charlton are a very well organised team, 4-4-2 and compact. It is going to be hard but I am really looking forward to the first game at the iPro.'

A worry for the Addicks is that key player Tony Watt took a knock after scoring in midweek against Dagenham and is a doubt for the trip.

Derek from Dymchurch writes: 'On Thursday we had a deluge on the coast and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway was flooded out. It's an omen. Charlton are going to be swamped by Derby. Mark my words, the wheels are coming off.'

Odds are: Derby 8/13, Draw 3/1, Charlton 5/1.

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