Hello and happy Monday hoddlers. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend (or non-holiday weekend.) My trash barrel is still nowhere to be found.
Derby County’s hands clung very close to their latest threat on Friday when Tosin Aradabioyo’s own goal put the Rams 2-1 past Fulham.
Now, with four games to go and nine points behind Reading, Derby need a miracle to stay in the EFL Championship.
The Midlands football team received a 12-point deduction at the start of the season after entering administration, and received an additional nine-point deduction a few months later.
Manager Wayne Rooney, initially hired on an interim basis, has stuck to Derby admirably. This team had its fair share of last minute results (1-0 Preston, 2-2 B’ham, 1-0 Posh, 2-1 Stoke). This team seems to have no surrender in them.
The problem with Derby is that they don’t score a ton. This is true for all the teams in the race for relegation (except Reading, who concede a ton). Tom Lawrence is Derby’s top scorer with 11 goals this season.
They have scored just three match goals twice this campaign. Yet they have the slimmest chance of staying alive.
But that makes Monday’s game a must-watch. Literally every game is up for grabs now. Derby face a Queens Park Rangers side who have been winless in their last six games and have completely disappeared from the playoff table.
There are so many stakes for these two teams. Anything other than three points will end each team’s seasons. Whatever the result, it should be one hell of a game to watch at Loftus Road.
Kick-off for QPR-Derby County is 3pm GMT / 10am ET
Fitzie’s song of the day: Jelly Roll, by Charles Mingus
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