Frank Lampard’s sole season in charge at Pride Park ended in defeat at Wembley in the playoff final before the Chelsea legend returned to take the helm of the Stamford Bridge club a week into The Rams pre-season.
Dutch manager Philip Cocu took over and immediately bought in highly-rated Everton and England U-21 attacking midfielder Keiran Dowell. With several high profile loans last season now ended, they must recruit wisely if they are to repeat last season’s success.
Derby County Fixtures Difficulty
Derby face one of the toughest openings of the season, facing Championship newcomers Huddersfield Town on the opening Monday of the season. This is followed by a home game against Swansea, then an away game at Stoke, before two tough home games against Bristol City and West Bromwich Albion before an equally tough trip to Brentford.
Derby County Penalty Takers
Martyn Waghorn converted all 3 of his taken penalties, and with last season’s on-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson returned to his parent club, he will no doubt be the first choice.
Derby County EFL Fantasy Picks
Derby offer a wealth of attacking options, in Waghorn, Tom Lawrence, Jack Marriott and Dowell as well as attacking left-back Jayden Bogel, who served up 9 assists and 2 goals last season.
Derby County Predicted Lineup
4-2-3-1: Roos; Bogle, Davies, Keogh, Malone; Huddlestone, Dowell; Lawrence, Holmes, Bennett; Waghorn