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Derby County v Norwich City: The Lowdown

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:38 03 October 2018

Mario Vrancic was the match winner against Wigan 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mario Vrancic was the match winner against Wigan Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Can Norwich City make it eight unbeaten? Get in the mood with videos, quotes, team news and predicted City formation.

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Wednesday, 7:45pm, Pride Park.

NORWICH TEAM NEWS

Marco Stiepermann (virus), Louis Thompson (hamstring) and Todd Cantwell (eye) are all being monitored ahead of the game but Daniel Farke indicated on Tuesday afternoon he expected the trio to be fit. Ben Marshall could make the squad after a development comeback last week following a viral infection.

Onel Hernandez (hernia op) is back in training and targeting a return this weekend against Stoke City. Grant Hanley is on course to resume training over the upcoming international break after a series of injections to treat a quad problem.

Kenny McLean (ankle) however is making slower progress on a comeback from the ligament damage suffered earlier this season in the League Cup win against Stevenage.

Matt Jarvis (knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are longer term absentees.

DERBY TEAM NEWS

Frank Lampard hinted at his pre-match press call he could make changes for Norwich’s visit after a weekend Championship defeat to Bolton. Former City loanee Andre Wisdom, plus Tom Huddlestone, Tom Lawrence and Jack Marriott are pushing for inclusion. Bradley Johnson is no stranger in the Rams’ ranks to Norwich fans.

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FROM THE DUGOUT

“Mario Vrancic has been crucial the last few games. Tom Trybull, one of the toughest calls.

“He is always involved in the squad but not to start is unbelievably tough because he is training on an outstanding level and you think watching him train he must play for Barcelona.

“But we have Alex Tettey, and if you judge him he is outstanding and looking like he can be a threat near the opponents’ box. He is like a Claude Makelele at present, maybe even better.”

Daniel Farke

“They are in great form. Winning games, jumping up the table and they will come here confident.

“Just like Brentford did. It is up to us. If we are at it and we bring that energy and quality to the table we will back ourselves. We have a huge test - in form team, good players, good manager, who want to play good football.

“It should provide an entertaining game.”

Frank Lampard

POSSIBLE CITY LINE-UP

Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Leitner, Buendia, Stiepermann, Vrancic, Pukki.

BY THE BOOK

Derby: 21/20

Draw: 12/5

Norwich: 13/5

(Odds provided by SkyBet)

REFEREE – GEOFF ELTRINGHAM (DURHAM)

Booked eight players in total, including Grant Hanley, Timm Klose, Ivo Pinto and James Maddison in Norwich’s 0-0 Championship draw at Preston in April 2018. Shown 35 yellow and two red cards in his 10 games in charge so far this season.

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