Derby County: Aston Villa’s weekend opponents under the microscope – UK News

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This Saturday sees Aston Villa host Derby County, where they’ll hope to go one better than the reverse fixture at Pride Park and earn more than a goalless draw.

Here, we examine the East Midlands opposition as the claret and blues search for their first victory since Boxing Day and put and end to the rotten run they’re currently enduring.

How are the Rams doing this season?

Derby currently sit in 11th place, 10 points off a play-off spot but they do have a game in hand over most of the teams above them.

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Newcastle 2-0 Villa

The East Midlands side are underachieving so far this season; many believe, like Villa, that they should realistically be aiming for the top six as a minimum achievement.

Their recent form of going four games without a win in the league hasn’t helped their play-off hopes either.

Derby have scored 36 goals so far this season, the lowest of the top 12 teams in the Championship, however they have the third best defensive record in the division, conceding just 29 goals.

Derby County’s Richard Keogh clears the ball off the line

How have Derby fared away from home this season?

Derby have picked up 21 points from their 15 away trips this season which puts them 9th in the table on away form.

They have lost three of their last five away games in the league which has seen them pick up just four points out of a possible 15.

They have only conceded 15 times away from home this season, which is the joint-second best in the league and proves they’re a tough side to break down.

County aren’t the most frequent scorers on their travels either, only managing 15 goals away from Pride Park, the sixth-lowest in the Championship.

West Bromwich Albion's Jose Salomon Rondon (left) and Derby County's Jason Shackell
West Bromwich Albion’s Jose Salomon Rondon…

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