East Midlands bragging rights will be at stake at Pride Park on Saturday (1:00pm UK time) when League One side Derby host Premier League Leicester.
Liam Rosenior is the interim manager at County following the decision of Wayne Rooney to resign and move to the MLS. Expectations are for a good season for Derby after a busy summer of transfers and a couple of positive pre-season results. Leicester have been very quiet in the transfer window but a 4-0 victory away at Hull in their last friendly will have done wonders for morale.
This marks the first meeting between the duo since February 2017 when these sides met in the FA Cup. It was the Foxes who emerged victorious that day (in extra-time) and they are unbeaten in five against the Rams.
How to watch Derby vs Leicester:
The game is available to watch in the UK on LCFC TV.
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Derby team news
Krystian Bielik is closing in on his first action of the pre-season after he picked up a knock on international duty. New signing Korey Smith could also feature after becoming the 11th signing of the Rams busy summer.
Curtis Davies has been named Derby captain for the season with interim boss Liam Rosenior telling the press: “He’s a natural-born leader, he has been a huge presence at the club for a long time and he deserves that role.”
Leicester team news
James Maddison and Boubakary Soumare have both looked strong in pre-season and both are being linked with moves away. The former is said to be interesting Tottenham while the latter is heavily linked with Monaco.
Jonny Evans feels the club are in a good place (despite no summer signings) thanks to a summer of hard work. The defender told Leicester TV: “We worked hard (in their summer camp in Evian). Most of the days we were there double sessions and, in the evenings, we were doing workshops around stuff off the pitch and the mental side of the game.”
Scoreline prediction: Derby 1-2 Leicester
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