DER vs WAT Dream11 Prediction: Derby County will now be hoping to build on their first win of the season last time out when Phillip Cocu’s side welcome Watford to Pride Park in the Championship on Friday. An 87th-minute free-kick from captain Wayne Rooney secured the Rams’ first points of the new campaign against Norwich just before the international break, stopping the rot and giving Cocu some much-needed momentum heading into this fixture. The Dutchman will be preparing his side for another of the Premier League’s relegated clubs, playing host to Vladimir Ivic’s Watford, who have made a strong if not excessively convincing start to 2020/21 with two wins, a draw, and just the single defeat so far. The Hornets suffered their first loss in the previous outing, firing a blank against Reading in a 1-0 reversal, but with aspirations to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking, the visitors will be eyeing up maximum reward later this week.
Date: 17 October, Saturday
Time: 12:15 am IST
Match: Derby County vs Watford
Place: Pride Park Stadium
Head-to-head (Last 5 Matches)
Derby County wins: 3
Watford wins: 1
Derby County Team News
Derby County have made a horrific start to the 2020/21 season, with one win after four games in the Championship leaving them languishing at 20th on the table. An uninspired attack coupled with a vulnerable defence has contributed to the Rams’ struggles, with Phillip Cocu’s future now up in the air; captain Wayne Rooney is being touted to be the incumbent’s replacement.
Injury update, unavailability
The host don’t have any pressing injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Watford.
DER Playing 11 & Subs (probable)
Marshall; Byrne, Evans, Davies, Clarke, Buchanan; Holmes, Shinnie, Bird, Sibley; Rooney
Subs (probable): Martin, Anya, Whittaker
Watford Team News
Watford, on the other hand, have set about returning to the Premier League after just one season in the wilderness. With Vladimir Ivic now at the helm at Vicarage Road, the Hertfortdshire-based club has made a decent start to the 2020/21 season, losing just one of their four Championship outings. Having said that, the sole defeat came in their most recent encounter, against Reading.
Injury update, unavailability
Tom Dele-Bashiru is out for nearly six months due to an ACL injury. Stipe Perica serves the last of his three-match ban and will be unavailable.
WAT Playing 11 & Subs (probable)
Foster; Cathcart, Kabasele, Wilmot; Ngakia, Cleverley, Capoue, Garner, Femenia; Sarr, Pedro
Subs (probable): Welbeck, Iheanacho, Gray
Let’s take a look at the dream 11 prediction for today’s football match
Defenders: Cathcart, Kabasele, Byrne, Davies
Midfielders: Cleverley, Chalobah, Buchanan
Forwards: Pedro, Sarr, Rooney
Ismaila Sarr: Sarr has played 4 matches this season with 80.4% successful pass percentage.
Wayne Rooney: Rooney has played 295 minutes of football in 4 matches for Derby and has scored 1 goals.
Nathaniel Chalobah: Chalobah has a total of 1 blocks, 3 ariel duels and a total number of 6 tackles this season.
Tom Cleverley: He has a pass completion rate of 81.3 %. He had a total of 3 big chances.
Who will win DER vs WAT Today Match Prediction Football
Derby are yet to win a game inside 90 minutes at the Pride Park Stadium so far this season. That is unlikely to change on Friday either, with the hosts not really posing a major threat in the final third. However, with their formation change making them a bit more solid at the back, Watford could be neutralised. We predict a 2-1 win for the hosts in today match prediction.