2018-19 Championship preview: Derby County

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall's 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Derby County.

Name: Derby County

Nickname: The Rams

Manager: Frank Lampard

Stadium: Pride Park [33,600]

Postcode: DE24 8XL

Club website: www.dcfc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Derby

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 11/2

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Millwall 0-0 Derby; January 30, 2018

Last season: 6th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 69

Goals against: 48

Top league goal scorer: Matej Vydra (21)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Mason Mount [Loan from Chelsea]; Harry Wilson [Loan from Liverpool]

Outs: Andreas Weimann [£2.25 million to Bristol City]; Jason Shackell; Darren Bent; Chris Baird [all released]

Frank Lampard is taking on his first managerial role this season, and he moved quickly to appoint ex-Chelsea team-mate as his assistant boss.

The former England international made his first moves in the transfer market this week, going back to his former cub to sign midfielder Mason Mount on loan.

Mount, 19, has yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for Chelsea, but played 38 times on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem last season, scoring 14 times as they finished sixth in the top flight.

Derby also agreed a loan deal with Liverpool for 21-year-old winger Harry Wilson. He scored seven goals in 13 games on loan at Hull last season.

Lampard is certain to add again to his squad in this transfer window, ahead of an expected promotion challenge.

Prediction: Play-offs

Lampard always talks a lot of sense on TV as a pundit, analysing well and seemingly having a deep understanding of the game, leading me to believe that he will be a good manager. His tactical knowledge looks to be sound. It's also said he was a "players' player", which should mean he has good man management skills.

If they can add a defender to their ranks – Leicester's Robert Huth has been linked – then there is no reason why the Rams can't battle for the top two in 2018-19.

Millwall vs. Derby – Saturday August 18, 2018 [Kick off: 3pm]

Derby vs. Millwall – Saturday January 26, 2019 [Kick off: 3pm]

Image: Millwall FC