After a 4-1 mauling at the hands of Leeds United at Pride Park last weekend, Frank Lampard’s Derby County switch their focus towards the League Cup where they face Oldham Athletic away from home on Tuesday.
The first-round tie against League Two opponents Oldham is at Boundary Park, where Lampard and co. will be desperate to bounce back from the humiliating defeat at home against Leeds.
Curtis Davies missed the game against Leeds and should be out for “probably two weeks at the most,” claimed Lampard. Also, the game at Oldham will be too soon for Tom Huddlestone.
Striker David Nugent looks set to miss the Oldham game after sitting out the Leeds defeat with a foot injury he suffered in the opening league game at Reading.
Meanwhile, Ikechi Anya is back to training after recovering from injury, while Marcus Olsson remains sidelined.
Carson has been fantastic since joining Derby and will start in goal on Tuesday.
Wisdom needs to provide more stability in his position. He often gets caught out of position.
Keogh was awful in the 4-1 hammering at Leeds and must redeem himself at Oldham.
An injury to Curtis Davies saw Tomori step in and he was the only spark in the defeat at the hands of Leeds last weekend.
Summer signing Scott Malone could make his debut. He is quick, industrious and an attacking full-back who loves to get into attacking positions all the time.
Bryson works hard at both ends of the field and always looks to win the ball. He is also capable of contributing with goals.
Starting at the base of the midfield could be Bradley Johnson. His presence can give security to the midfield and allow Bryson to move a bit forward.
Mount had a poor outing against Leeds and needs to come up with the goods at Oldham.
Jozefzoon is a nippy winger who, with his pace and skill-set, can cause a lot of problems to the Oldham defenders.
Lawrence has had a very good start to the new season and needs to keep going. He could arguably be Derby’s main threat going forward.
Marriott could finally make his Derby bow in the League Cup first round on Tuesday. Enjoyed a fantastic season in League One last term and Lampard will hope the striker lives up to the expectations in the second-tier of English football.
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