Sky Sports EFL pundit David Prutton has predicted more frustration for Wayne Rooney when his Derby County side travel to the KCOM Stadium to take on Hull City tomorrow night, forecasting a 2-1 win for the hosts.
After an incredibly difficult build-up to the 2021/22 campaign, the Rams looked set to earn their first win of the season against Peterborough United on the weekend but the newly-promoted side scored twice in second-half injury time to take all three points.
Rooney’s side now take on another of the teams that has come up from League One in Hull, with the Tigers looking to bounce back from their comprehensive defeat at the hands of QPR on Saturday.
George Moncur’s red card means he’s unavailable for the hosts while George Honeyman, Mallik Wilks, and Ryan Longman will absent due to injury.
The Rams will be without Colin Kazim-Richards, Krystian Bielik, and Jason Knight but Phil Jagielka is set to join the club and could feature while Lee Buchanan may be back fit.
Grant McCann’s team beat Preston North End on the opening weekend and, on the Sky Sports website, Prutton has predicted they’ll get back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Derby tomorrow night.
“It has been a right old mixed bag for Hull City so far this season,” he said. “A demolition of Preston on opening day, before being brought right back down to earth with a bump against QPR on Saturday.
“This is a chance for them to get right back on the horse against a Derby side that suffered a heartbreaking defeat at Peterborough. They will run Hull close, but I’ll back the home side to bounce back.”
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Derby were desperately unlucky to lose to the Posh on the weekend and you have to worry what the impact of a result like that may be for Rooney’s side.
The former England and Manchester United boss needs to ensure his team can bounce back tomorrow evening or Hull could blow them away, as they did Preston.
The absences of Honeyman, Wilks, and Longman, in particular, is a boost for the Rams but Wednesday’s game still looks a tough test.
A win for McCann’s team could see them rocket up the table toward the top spots while it may mean the Rams drop into the relegation zone for the first time in 2021/22.
You’d have to say that coming out of three games against two newly-promoted sides and a Huddersfield Town team that have been tipped to struggle would not be the most promising start to the season.