LEICESTER PLAYERS WILL DECIDE TO PLAY CARDIFF ON SATURDAY

Leicester City are expected to decide within the next 24 hours whether the players will be ready to play Cardiff City on Saturday after the news of the death of their much-loved owner VichaiSrivaddhanaprabha.

At the present moment, the plan for the fixture is that it will be played. However, the mental state of the club as well as the players is being put into consideration and the Premier League officials are quite sensitive to the trauma such situation just have caused.
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Frank Lampard heaps praise on David Nugent after pre-season showing

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on David Nugent after the Englishman stood out during the club’s pre-season program. The 33-year-old has shown exceptional form since returning from the season-break and he contributed a goal and an assist during the recent 2-1 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Pride Park.

Speaking after the Wolves game, Lampard was full of praise for the former Leicester City man and was pleased that the veteran lead by example up front, he said: “David Nugent pre-season, wow! From the moment that we came in we have been amazed at his work rate in training every day, the smile on his face and his professionalism.He has been incredible in terms of running the line and every day in training he is the same.You almost want to tell him to slow down sometimes, because he will chase everything.You need somebody like that up there.”
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DERBY TO GET REID, DAVIES TO LEAVE?

There are reports that Derby County are targeting Bristol City man Bobby Reid this summer. Derby new manager Frank Lampard is looking at spending money to get the Robins’ player. However to get this the coach might have to sell striker MatejVydra first.

Premier League sides Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion are looking to sign Reid as well so Lampard must offer up to £8 million to seal the deal for the talented 25-year old.
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DAVIES HOPING FULHAM UNDERESTIMATE THEM

Derby County star Curtis Davies is hoping top side Fulham underestimate them ahead of ther meeting in the English Championship. Derby are in a dire situation which Davies acknowledged but hoped that high flying Fulham underestimate them ahead of their game at Pride Park.

Derby have just one victory in the last nine games in the league. The Rams are no longer in the Top Two and they could further slip down the ranks. On the other hand, Fulham have lost just two times in their last 18 games. Both sides played out a 1-1 draw last November but Derby are hoping to knock off The Cottagers off their flow. They allowed their rivals to hual them within a point but they can extend their lead during the game on Saturday. Read More

DAVIES DISAPPOINTED WITH DERBY LOSING LEAD

Curtis Davies is disappointed that the team Derby County lost their lead following their 1-1 draw at Pride Park Stadium. The player admitted that they could not match the energy levels of Sheffield United, hence their inability to win the first game of the year 2018.

The Rams went ahead through Matej Vydra in the 24th minute but Leon Clarke drew level for The Blades before the half hour mark. The visitors fought hard throughout the encounter and deserved a share of the spoils.
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Lampard: Danny Welbeck needs to be more selfish

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes Danny Welbeck should be more ruthless in front of goal if he is to establish himself as a regular in the Arsenal line-up. The England international has managed just 80 appearances in over three seasons at the club, owing to a couple of long-term knee injuries.

Writing in his column in the Evening Standard, Lampard feels Welbeck must improve on his goalscoring record for the Gunners in order to establish himself as a centre-forward, he said: “He has still scored 13 Premier League goals for Arsenal, which isn’t bad considering he has never had a regular run in the side. I like Danny as a player a lot. He has great strength and speed, with an ability to run in behind defences. Read More

CURTIS DAVIES: ANYBODY CAN LEAD THE PACK

Curtis Davies says anybody can lead the line at Derby County. David Nugent, Chris Martin and Sam Winnall have all started for the team in recent weeks as the manager found best. Martin started the new term before Nugent replaced him. He netted twice against Bolton but he has been replaced by loanee Winnall.

Winnall scored as Derby played a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City but against Cardiff, he struggled. Martin was called on but the game ended in a goalless draw. Coach Gary Rowett does not have a stable pick, rather he calls anyone that can get the job done. With the East Midlands derby match against Nottingham Forest, there is no known man to lead the pack.

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Davies still believe in promotion

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Derby County defender Curtis Davies believes that his team can challenge for promotion this season despite their poor start to the campaign.


Indeed Derby County has been beaten by Wolves and draw with Sunderland since the commencement of the season.

Curtis Davies believes that the season is still long and that there are plenty of matches for the team to recover their form. He said that there are some good players in the team and that they have the necessary skills and experience to mount a serious push for promotion.

Curtis Davies has already won promotion back in the past with Hull City and said that he is aware of the demand of this league. He said that it is not enough to be a good team, but you need to work harder than the opposition.

He said that the competition is always tough in the Championship and will demand a physical battle in every game. Read More

DAWSON HAS SOLIDIFIED HULL’S DEFENCE DESPITE OWN GOAL

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Following his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur on a three year contract, Hull City defender, Michael Dawson has been an inspiring figure for the Tigers in their fight for Premier League survival and in the English Football League Cup.


The 32-year-old only returned from a 12-week lay-off in City’s 2-0 loss to Stoke last week and has helped the Tigers secure a win in the EFL Cup quarter-finals away to Bristol city scoring the winning goal in the tie which ended 2-1.

City have been short on positives during a damaging run of seven defeats in eight Premier League games but Dawson’s return to the side has made a huge difference. The Tigers undoubtedly look stronger for his presence in a defence that had been so horribly compromised.

A recall to their match day 10 clash at Vicarage Road, Hull city had a defence that could not be breached for the most part of the encounter as the Tigers resolutely blocked and cleared every attack that came their way. Read More