The Championship play-offs get underway this night time as sixth-placed Derby welcome scorching favourites Fulham to Delight Park Stadium.
Fulham, who completed 3rd, should soar again from a depressing ultimate day after their 23-match unbeaten run got here to an finish on the worst conceivable time.
They misplaced 3-1 to strugglers Birmingham when a win would’ve despatched them up robotically as an alternative of Cardiff.
Derby, however, elevate nice momentum into this night’s first leg. The Rams are undefeated of their closing 3, together with a 3-1 victory over Cardiff and 4-1 win in opposition to Barnsley closing weekend.
The play-off semi ultimate first leg kicks off at 7.45pm.
WHAT THE MANAGERS ARE SAYING
Gary Rowett: “Other people speak about Derby and this weight of expectation that all the time floats round and follows a membership.
“So possibly that is the primary time they have got been within the play-offs in recent times the place there is not any expectation, and the place we will cross out and provides it the whole lot with none actual worry.
“Fulham are the favourites for the play-offs, if you happen to have a look at the percentages, and we are most certainly the least-fancied crew, so possibly that provides us one thing to turn out.”
Slavisa Jokanovic: “We now have confirmed ambition, high quality and self-belief again and again within the common season.
“Our season used to be implausible and plenty of groups wish to be within the place we’re. In the midst of December no person believed we’d be within the place to battle for the Premier League.
“We now have 3 video games forward people and we have now nice self belief. We should be able to stay going and move this line.”