Derby v Cardiff. Match preview

Last updated : 24 April 2018 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphp1633.tmpPlay-off chasing Derby have no new injury concerns for the visit of Sky Bet Championship high-fliers Cardiff on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm.

Derby boss Gary Rowett reported some sore legs after the home defeat to Middlesbrough, and Craig Forsyth, Marcus Olsson and Bradley Johnson will be among those checked after not playing for several weeks before Saturday.

Andreas Weimann could return to the starting line-up after being restricted by a shoulder injury ahead of the Middlesbrough game. Joe Ledley will also be hoping for a recall against his former club after dropping to the bench on Saturday.

Callum Paterson could return as Cardiff seek to cement the second automatic promotion spot. Paterson featured for only the final three minutes of Saturday's win against Nottingham Forest after boss Neil Warnock had considered his recent workload.

Sol Bamba should also start after proving his fitness in the second half of the Forest win following a groin problem. Lee Peltier will be assessed after a heavy fall on the weekend, but Craig Bryson is ineligible to play against his parent club.

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Derby have won only one of their last six home Championship matches against Cardiff (D2 L3), losing 4-3 last season.

The Bluebirds have kept one clean sheet in their last 10 league visits to Pride Park, a 3-0 win in November 2011.

The two Championship meetings between Gary Rowett and Neil Warnock have both ended goalless, between Birmingham and Rotherham in February 2016 and in this reverse fixture in September.

The Rams haven't lost four league games in a row since a run of five back in November 2011.

No side has won more games on a Tuesday in the Championship this season than Cardiff (7, level with Fulham).

Dave Nugent hasn't scored in three consecutive league games since January 2014, with Leicester.

Match offficials

Neil Davies and Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury