Derby County v Brentford

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren recently returned to Derby for a second spell in charge and won his first game against Leeds on Saturday

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Derby’s Max Lowe picked up a groin injury against Leeds on Saturday and could miss out, while Marcus Olsson is also a doubt.

Will Hughes complained of cramp in the Leeds game, but is expected to be fit.

Brentford centre-back Harlee Dean serves a one-match ban after picking up his fifth caution of the season in their defeat at Newcastle.

Defenders Callum Elder (knee) and Rico Henry (shoulder) are doubts, while Alan Judge (leg) is a long-term absentee.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith told BBC Radio London:

“We knew after the international break that it would be two tough fixtures and a test of our credentials.

“We failed at Newcastle on Saturday [losing 3-1] and Derby is a big game for us.

“Steve McClaren has just gone in there and will probably give them a lift. We have to go there with a gameplan that can get us a win.”

Match facts

  • Derby are unbeaten in their last seven home league games against Brentford, winning five and drawing two since their last defeat in February 1939.
  • The Bees haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 league encounters with the Rams, last recording one in a goalless draw in December 1953.
  • The Rams could win back-to-back home league games for the first time since April 2016.
  • Brentford have won just one of their last six away games in the league (D1 L4).
  • Derby have scored a league-low seven goals in the Championship this season, with just one of those coming in the first half (also a league-low).
  • Scott Hogan (eight goals, one assist) has been directly involved in nine of Brentford’s 19 goals in the league so far.

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