After two frustrating back-to-back away games it’s back onto home soil for Nigel Clough’s Rams, with Wolverhampton Wanderers being the first opponent in Derby’s two upcoming consecutive home fixtures.
The score draw at Sheffield Wednesday last week was immensely devastating, particularly after leading 2-0. Then came the defeat at Hull City on Tuesday, again the Rams should feel hard done by on their travels. It’s certainly been a tough ride in away matches, with the team producing performances that warrant more than what they’re getting and the performances being better than the away results are suggesting.
Here’s some key statistics on Saturday’s opponents Wolves that I’ve researched ahead of Saturday’s game, which will mark the 145th meeting between the sides in all competitions:
Dean Saunders is still waiting for his first win as Wolves boss after joining on 7th January, after previous manager Ståle Solbakken achieved 9 victories in 26 games and was at the helm for an embarrassing defeat to non-league Luton Town.
The former-Doncaster manager is an ex-Ram. He played for Derby between 1988-1991, scoring 42 goals in his 106 game Derby career before moving north to join Liverpool.
Wanderers have only picked up two victories against current top half teams and are sitting just above the relegation zone with 34 points, only above the drop zone on goal difference.
They’re on a win-less streak of an incredible 9 matches, making them the current bottom in-form side in the Championship, so can the Rams capitalise on that or will it be a change of fortunes for the West Midlands side?
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is their top goalscorer with 11 goals in 33 games (all competitions), averaging one goal in every three matches. The former Manchester United striker won the Championship golden boot in Wolves’ promotion season in 2008/09, bagging 25 league goals.
Despite picking up more points at Molineux this season the former Premier League side have picked up more away victories, 5.
Derby have only picked up 2 wins in the last 15 meetings between the sides, however the Rams have 61 all-time victories over Wolves to their name .
The last game produced a 1-1 draw with Rams striker Theo Robinson scoring a stoppage time equaliser so you have to go back to 2006 to find the last win for Derby over Wolves, it was a 1-0 victory at Molineux for the side – then managed by Billy Davies.
With both sides competing at different ends of the table, does that make the game easier to predict? Cast your vote below.