Cardiff City welcome Derby County to the Welsh capital on Tuesday night for their latest home Sky Bet Championship fixture.
The Bluebirds will be looking to build on their battling win over Rotherham United last time out.
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Derby County arrive in South Wales without a win in their last six Championship matches. The Rams thought they had broken that unfortunate streak, when they took the lead against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, thanks to a Matěj Vydra goal with around twenty minutes remaining.
Blackburn had other ideas however and two quick goals from Marvin Emnes and Danny Graham were enough to turn the match on its head.
Despite their poor run of form, Derby have a number of players that the Bluebirds should be wary of. These include Saturday’s goal scorer Vydra and Darren Bent, both clinical finishers at this level. The Rams also have a lot of creativity in midfield with the likes of Will Hughes adept at unlocking defences.
Robert Earnshaw and Kenny Miller, two prominent Bluebirds strikers, have represented both clubs during their careers. Earnie scored a fantastic 86 League goals in 146 games for Cardiff before leaving for West Brom and signed for Derby following a spell with Norwich City in 2007.
Miller will always be fondly remembered by City fans for scoring the winner against Blackburn Rovers in the Quarter Final of the League Cup in the 2011/12 season. City would, of course, go on to reach the final of the competition.
Other players to have represented both Cardiff and Derby include Chris Riggott, Kevin Cooper, Stephen Bywater and Lee Naylor.
An unforgettable meeting between the two sides took place on 29th September 2009 when the Bluebirds demolished the Rams with a devastating performance, running out 6-1 winners.
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City took control in the first half, initially thanks to Peter Whittingham, who diverted Jay Bothroyd’s cross into the net to give his side the lead. The advantage was doubled before half time when scorer, Whittingham, turned provider and his cross was clinically dispatched by Michael Chopra.
Derby threatened to mount a fight back in the second period when they halved the deficit thanks to a Rob Hulse goal. The Bluebirds turned the screw, however and blew Derby away with four goals in a devastating 18-minute spell, which saw Chopra run riot. The striker racked up three further goals, including a delightful lob from the edge of the area over ‘keeper Stephen Bywater.
Winger, Chris Burke also got on the score sheet when he finished clinically having being put through by Stephen McPhail. The game finished 6-1 to the Bluebirds and turned out to be their biggest victory of the 2009/10 Championship campaign.
- The Rams were formed in 1884 and were one of the original 12 founders of the Football League.
- Derby have reached four FA Cup finals in their history, but have only ever won one. In 1946, Derby beat Charlton Athletic 4-1 at Wembley to become the first club to lift the trophy post-World War Two.
- The Rams finished 5th last season, qualifying for the play-offs. They failed to reach Wembley however, as they lost to Hull City 3-2 over two legs in the semi-final.
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