Match Preview | Derby County vs. Cardiff City
The 2021/22 season comes to a close for the Bluebirds at Pride Park, with City taking on Derby County.
Steve Morison's men will face the Rams at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.
Cardiff City TV options
Due to EFL conditions with Sky Sports concerning the final round of fixtures of the Sky Bet Championship season, Cardiff City TV will be unable to broadcast video coverage of Saturday's fixture to supporters based in the UK.
International Match Passes are available for supporters overseas who wish to watch the Bluebirds face the Rams. Available for just £10, supporters can tune in ahead of kick-off for exclusive pre-match coverage presented by Cardiff City TV.
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Opposition Focus | Season so far
Despite a valiant effort in the face of several off-field issues, Derby's relegation to League One was confirmed after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Easter Monday.
The Rams fell to Luke Amos' 88th-minute strike at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, which, coupled with Reading's remarkable 4-4 draw with Swansea City, sealed County's fate after a difficult campaign.
Following a bright start to the season in the context of testing circumstances, Wayne Rooney's side have suffered a downturn in form since the turn of the year, winning just seven matches in 2022.
A poor run of form in February saw the Rams suffer defeat in five matches out of six, including our 1-0 victory at Cardiff City Stadium back on St. Davids Day.
Last time out, Derby halted a two-match losing run with an impressive 2-0 victory against Blackpool, with Malcolm Ebiowei and Eiran Cashin on target for County.
Opposition Focus | Ones to watch
Several of Derby's victories this term have been inspired by their crop of young talents, with eleven members of the First Team squad under the age of 22.
One such player, Festy Ebosele, pictured above with Joel Bagan, has caught the eye with his appearances this term, and, with two goals and an assist to his name, has earned himself a summer move to Udinese.
Another young talent, Luke Plange, has found the net on four occasions with two assists, form which captured the attention of Crystal Palace.
The 19-year-old moved to Selhurst Park in January, but returned to Pride Park on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
At the back, veteran defender Curtis Davies has made 45 league appearances for the Rams this season. The 37-year-old has also netted four times during the campaign.
Club Connections | Bluebirds and Rams
Two of Derby's key men this term are both former Bluebirds: Ravel Morrison and Tom Lawrence enjoyed loan spells at Cardiff City Stadium in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Ex-Manchester United man Morrison made seven appearances for the Bluebirds in the early parts of the 2014/15 campaign, and, after stints with the likes of Lazio, Östersunds and ADO Den Haag, joined up with his former Old Trafford teammate Rooney at Pride Park last August.
Welshman Lawrence featured for City in the 2015/16 season, recording one assist in 14 outings in the Welsh capital. The attacker signed for Derby in 2017, and, now club captain, has scored 37 goals in 184 games.