30 December 2019 16:38
Derby County host Charlton Athletic on Monday night in the final game before Wayne Rooney joins the Rams. The former England international has already taken up his coaching duties since leaving MLS side DC United in November but will finally be able to take to the pitch in January. He will join a Rams side seriously struggling for form this season, with Philippe Cocu's men winless in their last seven and sitting way down in 20th place in the Championship table. Things aren't looking too much better for Charlton, who sit two places and one point ahead of Monday's opponent in 18th, although the Addicks are unbeaten in their last three – drawing two and winning one. When is Derby vs Charlton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Championship Venue: Pride Park Date: Monday, 30 December 2019 Kick-off: 19:45 PM (UK time) TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Football Last five meetings: Derby vs Charlton 19 Oct 2019: Charlton 3-0 Derby (Championship) 16 Apr 2016: Charlton 0-1 Derby (Championship) 15 Aug 2015: Derby 1-1 Charlton (Championship) 24 Feb 2015: Derby 2-0 Charlton (Championship) 26 Aug 2014: Derby 1-0 Charlton (League Cup) Aggregate Score: Derby (LWDWW) 5-4 Charlton (WLDLL) Ones to watch Derby: Martyn Waghorn If Derby are to claw themselves up the table and away from the relegation battle, they simply must improve their record in front of goal – hence the signing of Rooney. However, until the former Man Utd and Everton man can take to the pitch, the goalscoring burden is likely to remain firmly on Martyn Waghorn, who has scored seven Championship goals so far this season. Key stat: No Derby player has scored more Championship goals than Waghorn (7) this season. Charlton: Tom Lockyer Charged with keeping a lid on the likes of Waghorn will be Welsh centre-back, Tom Lockyer. Charlton are without a clean sheet in their last 12 games, ironically dating back to their 3-0 win over Derby back in October, and need to tighten up at the back if they're to keep this three-game unbeaten streak going.
Lockyer's partnership with Naby Sarr and Jason Pearce will be key to galvanising those around them to become a more solid unit. Key stat: Lockyer has won more aerial duels (89) than any other Charlton player in the Championship this season. Team news Derby Cocu remains without a long list of first-team players for Monday's clash, with Tom Huddlestone, Matthew Clarke, Ikechi Anya, Graeme Shinnie, Mason Bennett, George Evans and Krystian Bielik all injured. Left-back Scott Malone is suspended. Predicted XI: Hamer; Bogle, Forsyth, Davies, Lowe; Holmes, Knight; Marriott, Waghorn, Lawrence; Martin. Subscribe to Squawka's Youtube channel here. Charlton Things are equally tricky for Lee Bowyer, who will be without Conor Gallagher, Lewis Page, Jake Forster-Caskey, Sam Field, Ben Amos, George Lapslie, Josh Cullen, Beram Kayal and Jonathan Williams all on the treatment table. Predicted XI: Phillips; Pearce, Sarr, Lockyer; Solly, Oshilaja, Pratley, Morgan, Doughty; Taylor, Bonne. Squawka prediction Derby have been in horrible form recently and look totally devoid of confidence in front of goal. Luckily for them, they face a Charlton side who seem to have forgotten what a clean sheet feels like, so the Rams should at least get on the scoresheet. The main issue for Cocu's men is keeping the Addicks out at the other end, with Bowyer's side netting seven times in their past three games, in which time they've remained unbeaten – expect that to continue here. Scoreline prediction: Derby 1-2 Charlton Lyon to submit loan offer for Gedson Fernandes Ligue 1 side Lyon will make an opening loan with option to buy offer to Portuguese side Benfica for 20-year-old Portuguese attacking midfielder Gedson Fernandes, according to RMC. Fernandes has played just 12 matches for SLB this season and will be the subject of a bid from Lyon as soon as President Jean-Michel Aulas returns from his holidays. The offer will be a loan with option to buy. Benfica want that option to be worth no less than €40m, with Inter Milan also interested. This could pose a problem for OL, who don't appear willing to pay such an amount in summer and are hopeful of negotiating that amount down. Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from derbytelegraph - Weekday Derby County FC Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Wayne Rooney has insisted that Derby County must aim to reach the play-offs, despite their poor start to the season. The Rams sit 20th in the Championship table ahead of their televised clash with Charlton Athletic tonight, six points clear of the relegation zone. However, a win for Phillip Cocu's side could lift them as high as 16th in the standings. After a disappointing debut season under Cocu, many Rams fan are hopeful that Rooney's arrival can add much-needed quality to their side and spark a Derby revival. The current Manchester United and England record goalscorer, who hopes to make his Rams debut against Barnsley on Jan 2, has already set a target for his new side and insisted that a top-six finish has to be the aim for the club. "I've been watching and obviously I think we're better than how we're performing," he told Sky Sports EFL Podcast. "Where we are in the table, I feel we're a lot better than that, that's for sure. "We've got a big game coming up so we need to try to climb up that table and put ourselves in a good position to make the play-offs." "I've watched the game before I joined to get a feel for the way we play. For how the players play individually and as a team. I've seen all the games, obviously not physically at first, but now I've been in the stadium watching the games too." For all your latest Rams news, opinion, analysis and transfer gossip, click here