Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
MATCH PREVIEW: DERBY v CHELSEA
Posted on: Thu 22 Nov 2007
The visit of two-time Premier League champions Chelsea is one of the first games to look out for when the fixtures are released.
And now it is just around the corner with Avram Grant's star-studded side heading north on Saturday for a 5.15pm kick-off.
It's been a turbulent campaign for the visitors after the departure of Jose Mourinho, the self-styled 'special one'.
Mourinho won the Premier League in each of his first two seasons, along with the League Cup twice and the FA Cup once.
Grant's appointment was hardly met with great cheer by fans of the West London aristocrats but the Israeli has done a pretty good job.
They are well placed in the Champions League - where they have been semi-finalists in three of the last four years - though domestically they're sitting well adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Frank Lampard, Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joe Cole all played a part in England's glorious failure to qualify for Euro 2008 on Wednesday night.
Petr Cech (calf), Paolo Ferreira (ankle), Michael Ballack (ankle) and Ricardo Carvalho (back) are all set to miss out for the visitors.
John Terry is recovering from knee surgery but didn't feature for England on Wednesday night.
He did train with the national squad but Saturday's game will probably come too soon for the England skipper.
Andy Todd remains on the sidelines for Derby with the back and hamstring problem that has been troubling him since September.
Claude Davis (abductor muscle) and Dean Leacock (hip) should be available provided they suffer no reactions to their respective injuries.
The pair both missed out on Derby's last game, the 5-0 defeat at home to West Ham.
Derby's previous six-year spell in the Premier League saw them pick up two wins and two draws at home to Chelsea.
The Londoners' last visit came in October 2001 and they left with a 1-1 draw - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink cancelling out Fabrizio Ravanelli's opener.
Only one player from that afternoon, half-time substitute Frank Lampard, is likely to feature this weekend.
Steve Howard still needs one more start to bring up 450 in his professional career.
A start for Giles Barnes will be his 50th in the league for the Rams.
Andre Marriner is the man in the middle as the Rams welcome the Premier League's richest clubs.
Marriner's 13 games this season have seen him issue 38 yellow cards and dismiss one player, Sunderland's Greg Halford.
The West Midlands official was last in charge of Derby on October 28 last year for the 2-2 draw at Cardiff City.
It's his first game at Pride Park since October 2004, when George Burley's side came from 2-0 down to beat Rotherham 3-2.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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