Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 12:22 02/08/2013
Derby County and Blackburn Rovers begin their 2013/14 Skybet Championship season with a Sunday afternoon clash at Pride Park on 4th August, watch a free live football stream of Derby v Blackburn from 16:00 (BST)
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During the summer transfer window Derby County parted company with a handful of players including John Brayford who they lost to newly promoted Cardiff City, but manager Nigel Clough has strengthened his side with a number of players including the capture of Johnny Russel from Dundee United. The Scottish striker along with four other signings is in line for a debut on Sunday as the Rams aim to build on their solid mid-table finish in the Championship last season. Derby had won all of their pre-season friendlies until they came up short against Premier League side West Brom last weekend and will be looking to make a winning start to the 2013/14 Skybet Championship campaign.
The revolving doors at Blackburn Rovers are not just limited to managerial changes as there have been a hat-full of comings and goings over the summer at the Lancashire based club. Gary Bowyer was Blackburn's third manager in six months when he took the reins and he has overseen wholesale changes in the playing staff with over ten players leaving the club, most notably Martin Olsson to Premier league side Norwich. DJ Campbell from QPR and Matt Kilgallon from Sunderland are the most significant of Blackburn's ten free transfer signings and the new look squad will be striving to improve on the lowly seventeenth placed finish achieved in Rovers first season in the Championship following their relegation from English football's top-flight.
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Blackburn Rovers won the latest encounter between these sides 2-0 at Ewood Park, but the most recent clash at Pride Park ended as a 1-1 stalemate and another close game is expected on Sunday.
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