We all remember the pain and the disappointment as Billy Davies’s Derby side popped up at Wembley and snatched the promotion play-off place from right under our noses. Editors and Baggies never forget!
“I do expect a very hard game. Derby have gained 18 points of the 20 they have from home games – almost all their points. It`s going to be tough as well in front of their 30,000 fans.’ Robert Di Matteo
Derby Team News:
Nigel Clough is confident that defender Shaun Barker will be able to shake off a thigh problem for the game on Saturday.
Player to watch: Rob Hulse
Former Albion man Rob Hulse has been banging in the goals again and could be a real threat up front for Derby.
West Brom Team News:
Filipe Teixeira has been given the all-clear following a scan on his thigh/groin problem. The Portuguese winger is available for Saturday’s game, as are Joe Mattock and Jerome Thomas.
Player to watch: Jonas Olsson
Albion have the joint-second best defensive record in the division and adding to last weeks’ clean sheet will be vital. Olsson will be the key to keeping the Rams’ attack at bay.
Match Facts & Stats
Last time we met:
FL Championship play-off final
28 May 2007
Derby 1 (Pearson) West Brom 0
Tuesday 8 December 2009
West Brom v Cardiff