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Derby’s challenging start to the new campaign is set to get much tougher in the coming weeks as the club announced on Wednesday night that they are in talks with the EFL regarding a potential nine-point deduction for breaching financial fair play rules.
The Rams, who currently sit 16th in the Championship with seven points from their first seven games, could see their points tally reduced to minus figures which would also see them plummet to the foot of the table.
No timescale has been put on the final decision at present and Wayne Rooney will be keen for his players to remain focussed on their next task in hand against Stoke this weekend.
Derby head into Saturday’s game after securing a goalless draw away at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night. Rooney criticised West Brom’s uncompromising style of football, but nevertheless was pleased to have picked up a point at the Hawthorns.
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The Rams have a poor record in recent seasons against the Potters, having won only one of their last eight meetings against them, a 4-0 victory at Pride Park in January 2020.
Derby have also won just one of their last 14 Championship games, with each of their last four home fixtures ending in a draw. With an impeding points deduction on the horizon, a much-needed upturn in form is required for Rooney’s men.