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In Focus: Derby County

26 October 2017

Norwich City will be looking for their first victory at Carrow Road since early September when they welcome Derby County on Saturday.

While the Canaries' unbeaten league run stretches to eight matches, they have struggled to turn draws into wins at home.

Their last victory in Norfolk was the 1-0 win over Birmingham City, which was followed by two goalless draws with Burton Albion and Bristol City.

In their most recent home outing, Nelson Oliveira’s 96th minute equaliser rescued a point against Hull amid jubilant scenes at Carrow Road. 

This weeks visitors have picked up just the one league win on the road this season, but come into the fixture in good form generally after last weekend's 2-0 triumph over local rivals Nottingham Forest.

Here’s what Daniel Farke’s men can expect from The Rams.

Summer Signings
Derby County manager Gary Rowett made a series of relatively high-profile signings in the summer as he looked to bolster his squad following their ninth-place finish last season - three points and one place below the Canaries.

Experienced centre-back Curtis Davies was recruited from Hull City and is one of four ever-presents in the league so far.

Influential playmaker Tom Huddlestone also joined from The Tigers and is another to have featured in all 12 of their league games to date. 

Striker Sam Winnall was a deadline day loan signing from Sheffield Wednesday, with former Canary Jacob Butterfield going the other way.

Meanwhile, highly-rated winger Tom Lawrence was signing from Leicester City for around £7m having starred on loan at Ipswich Town last season.

Hitting eleven goals for the Tractor Boys during the 2016-17 campaign, Lawrence is yet to get off the mark this term having struck the woodwork on a number of occasions. 

They also brought in former Canary loanee Andre Wisdom, who previously spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Derby.

Form Guide
Derby’s five-game unbeaten run has helped push them up the table after what was an initially steady start to the season.

They sit in ninth place ahead of the weekend fixtures getting underway, three points behind City but with a game in hand.

Their opening weeks of the campaign were the definition of inconsistency, with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland being followed up by a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves.

A first three points of 2017-18 came at home to Preston North End courtesy of a 1-0 victory, before David Nugent's double guided them to a 2-1 triumph at Bolton Wanderers in mid-August.

Rowett's side then lost their next two away games at Sheffield United and Bristol City convincingly, either side of a thumping 5-0 win over Hull City at Pride Park.

Since those see-saw matches, Derby’s form has become much more consistent with three consecutive draws against Birmingham, Brentford and Cardiff laying the foundations.

This month they’ve registered back-to-back 2-0 wins over Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, meaning they head to Carrow Road in pursuit of a hat-trick of victories. 

Canary Connections
As well as Andre Wisdom, The Rams have four other former City players in their ranks.

Striker Chris Martin came through Norwich’s Academy and was a big part of City’s rise to the Premier League under Paul Lambert, hitting 25 goals in 102 appearances.

Following a series of loan moves, the former England Under-19 turned Scotland international joined Derby permanently in 2013.

He went out on loan to Fulham last season and scored their equaliser against Norwich in the 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage, but was sent off at Carrow Road in April.

Martin has spent the bulk of this season on the bench for County thus far, making nine substitue appearances thus far. 

Another former Canary having to bide his time is defender Jason Shackell, who is yet to make a league appearance this season.

Also a product of City's Academy, Shackell made his professional bow against Derby in 2003-04 and was appoinyed as captain in 2007 before leaving to join Wolves a year later. 

A former Canary returning to Carrow Road for a second time is Bradley Johnson, having played the full 90 minutes in Norwich’s 3-0 win over Derby last season – when Jacob Butterfield was sent off.

Johnson made 154 appearances for City after he was signed by Paul Lambert in the summer of 2011 ahead of Norwich's Premier League campaign.

He scored 22 league goals for the Canaries, with 15 of them coming in the 2014-15 promotion push under Neil Adams and Alex Neil which saw him named as the Club's Player of the Year before joining Derby.

Finally, centre-back Alex Pearce was brought in on loan to City from Reading in January 2008 by manager Glenn Roeder.

Pearce, who is yet to feature in the league this season, made 11 appearances for the Canaries in total - often playing alongside Shackell in defence.

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Scott Carson, Kelle Roos, Jonathan Mitchell.

Defenders: Craig Forsyth, Jason Shackell, Richard Keogh (c), Chris Baird, Andre Wisdom, Alex Pearce, Max Lowe, Marcus Olsson, Curtis Davies.

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya, Bradley Johnson, Jamie Hanson, George Thorne, Joe Ledley, Tom Huddlestone.

Forwards: Johnny Russell, Chris Martin, Tom Lawrence, Darren Bent, Sam Winnall, Andreas Weimann, Mason Bennett, Matej Vydra, David Nugent.

Coral are offering odd of 23/20 for Norwich to win this weekend. Place your bet HERE.

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