Derby v Birmingham preview
Last Updated: 22/09/17 3:24pm
Derby will check on Curtis Davies and Matej Vydra ahead of the visit of Birmingham.
Defender Davies and striker Vydra are nursing knocks but Rams boss Gary Rowett thinks both players should be available for the game against his former club. Wales international midfielder Joe Ledley could be included in the squad after joining Derby on a free transfer this week.
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George Thorne recently made his long-awaited return from injury but may miss out this weekend due to illness, while Max Lowe (abdomen) has trained with the under-23s this week and is making progress.
Birmingham are still waiting on Jota and Che Adams as they battle hamstring injuries, with caretaker boss Lee Carsley set to be in charge for the first time. The pair suffered the problems at Leeds on September 12 and missed Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Preston, which cost Harry Redknapp his job.
Jason Lowe also injured his hamstring in the home loss to North End and remains a doubt as Blues look to end a run of six straight defeats. Isaac Vassell returned against Preston from his own hamstring issue suffered last month.
These sides haven't shared a goalless draw in any competition since March 1977 - each of the last 36 games have seen at least one goal scored.
Birmingham's failure to score away at Derby last season was the first time they had failed to do so since that 0-0 draw in March 1977 - they haven't failed to score in back to back games there since September 1972.
The Rams have only lost two of their last 21 home league games (W13 D6) and hammered Hull 5-0 last time out.
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Matej Vydra has had a hand in seven goals in his last 10 league starts (six goals, one assist) for Debry.
Birmingham have lost their opening four away league matches of a season for the first time since the 1988/89 campaign - they were relegated that season.
Derby have conceded three penalties this season, more than any other side in the Championship.
Will there be an upturn under Lee Carsley? Birmingham acted a bit prematurely in sacking Harry Redknapp I think after giving him licence to sign so many players in the summer. There are good players there now it's just about someone getting them going.
Derby are the perfect example of how unpredictable the Sky Bet Championship is. They thumped Hull 5-0 one week then got hammered at Bristol City the next. Gary Rowett will want a result against his former club, but I've just got a feeling that Birmingham may nick a shock win.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)