Derby v Birmingham preview

Team news for Saturday's Championship clash between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park.

Last Updated: 05/08/11 at 13:11

Bailey: Remains fit amongst Clough's injury woes

Bailey: Remains fit amongst Clough's injury woes

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Nathan Tyson is a major doubt for Derby's opening Championship fixture.

The forward, a summer signing from East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest, was forced off after 36 minutes of the Rams' final pre-season friendly against Aston Villa on Wednesday night with a groin problem.

Substitute Conor Doyle also limped out of the game following a knock on the shin.

Derby were already without Gareth Roberts, Jamie Ward, Stephen Pearson, Shaun Barker, Paul Green and Jake Buxton against Villa.

Ward and Pearson could be available for Saturday but Roberts is rated 50-50, so latest signing Kevin Kilbane may make his Rams debut at left-back.

James Bailey is another option to fill in for Roberts after returning from a groin injury against Villa, although he could play in his more accustomed midfield role.

Manager Chris Hughton faces an attacking dilemma for his first match in charge of Birmingham.

Summer signing Marlon King (knee), Nikola Zigic (groin) and Cameron Jerome (ankle) - who was earlier this week the subject of a failed bid from Fulham - are all unavailable for the trip to Pride Park.

That means Hughton could be forced to adopt a 4-5-1 system, with new-boy Adam Rooney up front on his own.

Rooney will no doubt need effective service from out wide and that could come in the form of emerging youngster Nathan Redmond, who may make his league debut. Summer arrival Chris Burke and Chile international Jean Beausejour are also competing to start.

Scott Dann and Liam Ridgewell should both start in defence despite continued speculation over their futures.

New recruits Boaz Myhill, Steven Caldwell, Jonathan Spector and Morgaro Gomis are also aiming to make their bows.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea happy to maintain their five-point Premier League lead

Midfielder Nemanja Matic was happy to take a point after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

Roberto Martinez delighted with 'immense' Everton's 1-0 win at Crystal Palace

Roberto Martinez believes his side can now reach their true potential after ending their winless run at Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Chelsea maintain five-point lead after 1-1 draw with Manchester City

Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Manchester City.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company