Derby County are 4/5 favourites to give their stadium’s new name a debut to remember against playoff rivals Blackpool whilst Ipswich face Huddersfield as both sides look to close in on the playoff spots.
Most people recognise Derby’s home ground as Pride Park but the lunchtime kick-off against Blackpool will mark the first time the stadium has been used under the new name of iPro Stadium.
The rebranding comes at a time where Derby are in good form where four straight wins has seen The Rams skyrocket to fourth in the table over the past few weeks.
been in such stellar form, boss Steve McClaren is likely to stick with the same squad that has been so successful in recent weeks including a comfortable win over Middlesbrough in midweek.
Much of Derby’s recent success can be put down to their ability to score goals virtually from anywhere as midfielders Craig Bryson and Will Hughes have scored multiple times as had the strike partnership of Chris Martin and Jamie Ward.
They face a Blackpool side that are playing just as well this season with The Seasiders sitting in sixth place with just goal difference separating both sides from one another.
However, boss Paul Ince will be forced to make several changes after seeing three players sent off in the midweek clash against Bournemouth.
Ricardo Fuller, Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie are all suspended for the tie and will be absent for the trip south meanwhile Craig Cathcart is also a major doubt due to a knee injury.
If any of these teams were to slip up, it would give either Ipswich or Huddersfield the chance to close in on the playoff places with both sides only a few points back.
Ipswich are enjoying their best run for several years and a third win in a row would put the Tractor Boys to within two points of the playoff places.
Several players such as Daryl Murphy, Jay Tabb and Ryan Tunnicliffe could feature in the squad whilst striker Paul Taylor could also return from a shoulder injury.
Huddersfield Town are performing well above their weight in 10th place having won seven of their eighteen games so far this season.
Town’s fortunes will be boosted by the return of Adam Clayton in midfield although the trio of Martin Paterson, Peter Clarke and Danny Ward will miss the trip to Portman Road through injury.
With the season at the halfway point, many teams will be pushing hard to reach the promotion spots and a win on Saturday will no doubt help the likes of Derby, Blackpool and Ipswich find a way back into the top flight.