Derby County v Aston Villa

Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick suffered a hamstring injury in Derby County’s 2-0 defeat by Barnsley

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio Derby and BBC WM; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Derby County manager Nigel Pearson expects to have an unchanged side as Aston Villa travel to the iPro Stadium.

Midfielder Jeff Hendrick is unlikely to return after missing the Rams’ midweek win against Preston North End because of a hamstring injury.

New signing Mile Jedinak could make his Villa debut after signing from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.

Villa defender Nathan Baker could be available after missing their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield after a head injury.

Match facts

  • This is Derby and Aston Villa’s first meeting in the second tier since March 1969 – Derby won 1-0 the last time they met at this level.
  • Craig Forsyth’s winner against Preston was his first league goal for Derby since December 2014.
  • Aston Villa have now gone more than a year since winning their last away league fixture, 1-0 against Bournemouth on 8 August, 2015.
  • Excluding the play-offs, Derby have conceded just three times in their last eight regular home league games.
  • Ross McCormack has not scored in his last six Championship games against Derby.

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