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Looking Ahead: Rams v Wolves

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10:50 14th February 2013

Previewing Wolves' trip to the East Midlands

Wolves travel to Derby's Pride Park this Saturday looking to extend a run which has seen them lose just one of their last fourteen against the Rams.
The reverse fixture at Molineux ended in a 1-1 draw - Theo Robinson's late equaliser denying Wolves all three points after Kevin Doyle had opened the scoring in the first half.
That draw came in the middle of an early season purple patch at Molineux, during which Wolves took ten points from their first four home league games under Stale Solbakken.
Prior to that game, the last meeting between the two sides was the memorable clash at Pride Park towards the end of Wolves' Championship-winning 2008/2009 season.
Andy Keogh's double helped to secure a 3-2 Easter Monday win - a result that moved Mick McCarthy's team to within one win of promotion.
Going into the game, Wolves headed the division and were in confident mood following the 3-0 home win against Southampton three days earlier.
That confidence soon shone through as Keogh's well-taken volley put them on their way after just seven minutes.
However, there was to be a sting in the tale as the home side rallied, and goals from Przemyslaw Kazmierczak and Mile Sterjovski edged the Rams into the lead.
Wolves then went on to show just why they were on course for promotion though, as first Matt Jarvis, then Keogh scored from close range in front of the travelling fans to put Wanderers within touching distance of a return to the Premier League.
The mood among the away contingent got even better after the full time whistle, as scores from elsewhere in the Championship revealed that a win the following week against QPR would send would earn Wolves promotion - with the 1-0 win against the Londoners and a draw at Barnsley ultimately wrapping up the title.
Wolves won the previous meeting that season 3-0 - through an Ebanks-Blake double and a further strike from Dave Edwards - and also beat the Rams the previous time the teams met, on Boxing Day 2006, thanks to goals from Seyi Olofinjana and Michael Kightly.
The meetings between the two sides in the past ten years have generally been high-scoring affairs, with the last nine meetings producing 26 goals.
Saturday's game will see Wolves boss Dean Saunders return to the club for which he made over 100 appearances between 1988 and 1991. Saunders' goals at the Baseball Ground helped Derby to a fifth-placed top division finish during his first season, and ultimately netted the Welshman a big money move to Anfield.
Saunders' opposite number, Nigel Clough, has been in charge at Pride Park for over four years, making him one of the current longest serving managers in English football. His side have won just one of their last six games, with their last outing resulting in defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium. 

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