Stoke City will look to continue their recent resurgence when they travel to Derby County on Friday night.
The Potters have endured a tough 2019/20 campaign but are unbeaten in their last four Championship games, keeping three consecutive clean sheets and lifting themselves to 20th in the table.
Derby saw their seven-game unbeaten run come to an end against Luton Town last time out, falling 3-2 away from home despite Wayne Rooney netting his first goal for the club.
Can Stoke keep up their momentum or will the Rams get back on track? Read on for Derby County vs Stoke City preview, predictions and TV coverage information.
When is Derby County vs Stoke City and where can I watch live?
Venue: Pride Park
Date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football
Live stream options: Australian-based readers can also watch the game online with Kayo, who are hosting beIN Sports 2’s coverage of Derby v Stoke. New customers find out about how to do so (and the free-trial offer) by following this link.
Last five meetings: Derby County vs Stoke City
17 Aug 2019: Stoke City 2-2 Derby County (Championship)
13 Mar 2019: Derby County 0-0 Stoke City (Championship)
28 Nov 2018: Stoke City 2-1 Derby County (Championship)
28 Jan 2012: Derby County 0-2 Stoke City (FA Cup)
02 Dec 2008: Stoke City 0-1 Derby County (League Cup)
Aggregate Score: Derby County (DDLLW) 4-6 Stoke City (DDWWL)
Ones to watch
Derby County: Jayden Bogle
Jayden Bogle has been an immense source of creativity for the Rams from his full-back berth, notching four Championship assists so far this season.
The 19-year-old was unfortunate in scoring an own goal just 90 seconds after setting up what appeared to be his side’s equaliser against Luton and will look to quickly banish that bad memory when Stoke come to town on Friday.
Key stat: Jayden Bogle has provided more Championship assists (4) than any other Derby County player this season.
Stoke City: Sam Clucas
Sam Clucas certainly divided opinion with his Adebayor-esque celebration against Swansea City but what isn’t up for debate is his importance to this Stoke side.
His goal against his former club was the 29-year-old’s seventh of the season so far and topped off yet another fine individual performance. Michael O’Neill will be relying on him to once again marshall the midfield alongside Joe Allen.
Key stat: Sam Clucas has scored more Championship goals (7) than any other Stoke City player this season.
Richard Keogh (knee) and Krystian Bielik (Cruciate Ligament rupture) remain sidelined long-term, while Max Lowe is suspended having been sent off against Luton.
Jayden Bogle scored an own goal during that game and is just one yellow card away from suspension but should still start.
The Derby County line-up this evening! 💫
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) January 31, 2020
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Centre-back Ryan Shawcross remains out with a fractured foot while forward Tyrese Campbell is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem.
Michael O’Neill went with Sam Vokes up top last time out and is likely to do so once again.
📋 There's a start for Josh Tymon in City's only change away at @dcfcofficial this evening.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 31, 2020
Derby’s defeat to Luton aside, both these teams have been in strong form recently and finally appear to be dragging themselves away from the Championship relegation zone after tough starts to the season.
Phillip Cocu will want a much-improved defensive display from his side after leaking three goals against Luton and with Stoke looking airtight at the back in recent weeks, this one could go down to the wire.
The last two meetings between Derby and Stoke have ended in a draw and this one might well do so too.