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Match preview: Derby vs Forest in association with Football Index

3 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest and Derby County go head-to-head once again as they meet at Pride Park in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

The Reds have won the two previous meetings this season, 3-0 in the Carabao Cup and 1-0 in the league, at The City Ground and will be seeking to complete the league double over their rivals.

A victory would also go some way to cementing a top-six finish, damaging the hopes of an in-form Derby side who have play-off aspirations of their own.

Team news

Nottingham Forest have no injury concerns ahead of the trip to Pride Park. Check out the latest team news for both sides here

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Derby wins
League 38 24 33
League Cup 2 0 0
FA Cup 2 2 4
Total 42 26 37

Last time out


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From the opposition

Phillip Cocu says his side are in confident mood heading into the East Midlands derby at Pride Park.


He said: “We have six very important games to play and I think we have overcome some difficult situations and issues this season.

“We are still fighting for a play-off spot at the end of the season and we are in a good place right now. I cannot be unhappy at this stage.

“I think we are heading in the right direction, but there is still room for development and improvement as individuals and a team.”

He added: "I think we did quite well in the games against them, but many teams have had the same feeling when playing Forest.

“I think that is one of their greatest strengths; you feel like you are doing well against them but at any moment they can score a goal.

“They have good organisation and defence and when they go ahead, they are difficult to beat.

“I think we played some good football in those games earlier in the season, but we didn’t get the results. That is something that we have to change on Saturday.”

Derby's last five

L - Derby 0-3 Manchester United (05/03/20)
W - Derby 3-0 Blackburn (08/03/20)
W - Millwall 2-3 Derby (20/06/20)
W - Derby 2-1 Reading (27/06/20)
W - Preston 0-1 Derby (01/07/20)

Club News

Stay home and tune in as the journey continues

14 July 2020


Saturday's match will be live on Sky Sports but Nottingham Forest season card holders who have a code can also watch the clash with Derby live on iFollow Forest.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

For only £2.50, you can purchase a match pass to listen to the action live with commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Derby fixture.

There will also be full match coverage available via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.


Darren England will take charge of his 30th match of the season when he officiates Derby vs Forest on Saturday.

He has overseen four Forest games so far this season, including the reverse fixture at The City Ground which Forest won 1-0. He has also refereed the opening day clash with West Brom, the Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal and the 2-2 draw away to Middlesbrough.

England has shown 77 yellow cards and one red card so far this season.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Charlton vs Millwall (Friday, 8.15pm)
Blackburn vs Leeds
Brentford vs Wigan
Bristol City vs Cardiff
Fulham vs Birmingham
Huddersfield vs Preston
Luton vs Reading
Stoke vs Barnsley
Swansea vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm)
Middlesbrough vs QPR (Sunday, 2pm)
West Brom vs Hull (Sunday, 3pm)

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