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ON THE RADAR | DERBY COUNTY

4 October 2019

With the Hatters preparing to face Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon, here’s all you need to know about our opponents.

The away visit to Pride Park will require the Hatters to be at their very best with Derby in a decent vein of form – unbeaten in their last four matches.

Last Saturday the Rams won a five-goal thriller against Birmingham City, but were denied a follow-up victory on Wednesday night as Barnsley scored a 94th minute equaliser to draw 2-2.

That result though, does mean Derby have continued their unbeaten run into October and will aim to climb the Championship table.

THE MANAGER

Derby County announced the appointment of Phillip Cocu in July 2019.

Cocu enjoyed a long, successful career as a player, playing for the likes of AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse Arnhem, PSV Eindhoven and Spanish giants Barcelona.

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The 48-year-old also amassed 101 international appearances for the Netherlands, before retiring from playing and moving into coaching and management.

He guided PSV Eindhoven to three Eredivisie titles during five full seasons in charge between 2013 and 2018, before a brief spell in Turkey with Fenerbahce last season.

THE ONES TO WATCH

Full of attacking threat and all-round experience, Derby have the potential to cause damage in-front of goal.

Top goalscorer Martyn Waghorn has four goals so far this term and looks on course to match or better the 14 goals he scored in all competitions last season.

He joined the Rams from Ipswich Town in 2018 after a massively impressive campaign - scoring 16 goals and providing 13 assists in the Championship for the Tractor Boys that season.

As well as Waghorn up-front, former Hatter Chris Martin is yet another goalscorer that could cause Luton a threat on Saturday.

Martin has two goals to his name in the Championship thus far and the 30-year-old is a reliable striker with a proven record in-front of goal.

Former Hatter Jack Marriott misses out on Saturday with injury. The 25-year-old spent two years at Kenilworth Road, amassing 28 goals in 91 appearances.

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HISTORY

Derby County were founded in 1884 and became two-time champions of the First Division during the 1970s.

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The Rams won the FA Cup in 1946, as well as winning the Watney Cup in 1971 and Texaco Cup in 1972.

They were relegated from the Premier League in 2008 and have got to the play-off final twice since – including last season, where they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa at Wembley.

THE GROUND

Derby County have played at Pride Park since it opened in 1997 and the stadium holds a capacity crowd of 33,597.

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The ground has played host to two international fixtures – England v Mexico in 2001 and Brazil v Ukraine, as well as being the venue for the 2009 Women’s FA Cup Final.

THE STATS

· The two sides meet for the first time since April 2007, when Derby narrowly won 1-0 at Pride Park.

· Jacob Butterfield moved from Derby County to Luton Town in July 2019, a club he made 80 appearances for.

· Derby’s top goalscorer this season is Martyn Waghorn with four goals, Luton’s James Collins has five.

· The Rams have kept one clean sheet in their 10 Championship matches so far.

· Luton are the highest goalscorers in the bottom half of the table (15), whilst Derby are the third highest with 13.


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