Betting Preview: Derby County vs. Aston Villa

Betting Preview: Derby County vs. Aston Villa

Frank Lampard press conference – Derby County boss talks Aston Villa, John Terry, injuries and more

“All these results have been down to us and it’s important to finish it off tomorrow.”

FL: “It’s the start of John’s next career and I’m sure it will be a success.

Frank Lampard gives verdict on reported Derby target Ethan Ampadu

FL: “That will have no bearing on this weekend. Different team, different players, different time.

Derby are no slouches. The Rams are currently fifth in the Championship with 28 points from 16 games, coming off the back of three wins and a draw from their last four. Villa, however, are nine places and seven points worse off than County, having lost two of their previous three and will be in for a tough afternoon.

“They (Villa) will want to play good, attacking football. Once he (Smith) gets his ideas across, I think they will be challenging.”

FL: “His attitude has been fantastic. He worked hard, got his chance, grew into the game and it’s great to have him back playing that way.

Bjarnason has been training all week, however, and is in line to start at the iPro Stadium. Conor Hourihane featured alongside John McGinn against Bolton, but Smith might prefer more substance in the engine room, meaning the Icelandic international stands a good chance of returning.

“I see him and Richard Keogh as captains of this club. They are the dominant characters in the dressing room.”

Derby have won four and drawn two of their last six home games while Villa have lost their last three away games and havent won on the road in seven.

“Hopefully, that’s something we are starting to address, but it also shows our resilience (coming from behind).

“Aston Villa have lots of threats individually and collectively, so we need to appreciate what is in front of us.”

FL: “We’ve had an opportunity to work, prepare, and get a little bit of rest, which was needed after the Birmingham game.”

“We know if we finish this spell on a high, we’ll be in a good position and give ourselves a chance.”

CF: “There have been some new ideas and some differences but in a lot of ways, it’s similar to the way we played under Steve McClaren.

“A few of us were here then, so we have that in our system from before. It’s just about taking the new ideas on board.”

CF: “You know if you don’t play well, there’s somebody waiting to jump into your shirt.

CF: “We’ve scored plenty of goals but need to keep a few more clean sheets. Scotty Carson keeps reminding us of that!”

“We’ve come through well so far and, hopefully, we can go into the break on a high.”

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