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PREVIEW ~ Fulham visit Derby County ~ Cham MD41 ~ 21/22

last updated Wednesday 13th April 2022, 4:09 PM

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Derby County v Fulham

Championship Match Day 41 21/22 at Pride Park Stadium

Friday 15th April 2022    KO: 20:00

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Live on Sky Sports

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Derby County Wayne Roone
Derby County
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Championship Leaders Fulham make the trip to Pride Park to face Derby County on Good Friday knowing that they still have work ahead of them if they want to lift the Championship title.

At a time when the Cottagers hold a 10-point lead over second position, Derby are nine points adrift of safety, making this contest a must win for the Rams.

Ahead of a home fixture with Coventry City, there was the assumption that Fulham would move to the brink of automatic promotion with a 13th home win of the season.

However, the West Londoners were well beaten by the Sky Blues, who were 2-0 ahead after 24 minutes and eventually prevailed by a 3-1 scoreline.

All things considered, the result will almost certainly not deny Fulham an immediate return to the Premier League, but it has left Marco Silva to reiterate to his players that they cannot afford to get complacent.

Still sitting 10 points ahead of Bournemouth, however, the Portuguese will stress that it is not the time to panic, even if their final four fixtures are against teams occupying spots in the top six.

On a more positive note, Fulham have won 13 of their 20 away fixtures this campaign, collecting eight points more than the next best effort.

For the first time in months, Derby feel like progress is being made off the pitch with regards to a new owner, a resolution being found arguably being the most important development of their season.

Nevertheless, relegation would hit a club the size of the Rams hard, and Wayne Rooney has been left to try to pull off the unthinkable of realistically collecting at least four wins from their remaining games.

The England legend will insist that his side should be taking one fixture at a time, but the clear consensus is that only a win will do against the best team in the second tier.

Derby head into this contest having earned 13 points from their last six fixtures at Pride Park, and they will attempt to withstand the division's most productive attack on the back of putting together the fourth-best home defensive record in the league.


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