Derby vs Aston Villa preview
Last Updated: 09/11/18 1:27pm
Derby will again be without Mason Mount for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa.
The on-loan Chelsea midfielder sat out the win against Birmingham with an ankle problem picked up in the Carabao Cup defeat to his parent club and has not recovered in time to face Villa. Duane Holmes filled in on Saturday and is set to keep his place in the starting XI after an impressive full debut.
Martyn Waghorn (hamstring) is a major doubt for the Rams after he was forced off during the weekend's 3-1 win against the Blues, while Craig Bryson (calf) and George Evans (hip) miss out.
Villa welcome back Birkir Bjarnason for the trip to Pride Park. The Iceland midfielder sat out Friday's win against Bolton having suffered a groin problem during the defeat to QPR the week before.
Albert Adomah shook off a knee problem to start against the Trotters and is expected to feature again after doing extra fitness work during the week. Jack Grealish is one booking away from a one-match ban, while fellow midfielder Keinan Davis is two weeks away from a return to training after a hip operation.
Derby has lost just one of their last five home league matches against Aston Villa (W3 D1) - a 0-6 loss in April 2008.
Aston Villa have won four of their last seven league games against Derby (D2 L1) but didn't win either of their games last season (D1 L1).
Since losing 4-1 to Leeds in their opening home league game this season, Derby have remained unbeaten in their following seven at Pride Park (W5 D2), winning the last two.
Aston Villa are without a win on the road in the Championship since an opening weekend victory against Hull (D3 L4), losing each of their three away trips in October.
Aston Villa forward Jack Marriott has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Championship appearances (5 goals, 2 assists).
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has already lost once at Pride Park this season, losing 1-3 in September with Brentford; the last manager to lose twice away at Pride Park in a season with two teams was Darren Ferguson in 2009-10 (Peterborough and Preston).
You worried a little for Derby when they fell behind against Birmingham last weekend. Had they run out of steam after such a demanding run of fixtures? They answered that emphatically.
Aston Villa put in one of their best performances of the season against Bolton and you can certainly see some improvements being made under Dean Smith. This is a really tough trip for them, however. Rams win for me.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (8/1 with Sky Bet)