"Desperate for a win": Derby County prepare for Leyton Orient challenge

Derby County vs Leyton Orient kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 9 December
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Derby County have been in excellent form recently and are looking to make it five league wins in a row.

They come off the back of a midweek EFL Trophy win against Fleetwood Town where the Rams won 3-0 in what was a convincing performance.

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Paul Warne's side sit in sixth place just six points off the automatic promotion places and looking to put some pressure on their promotion rivals.

They face Leyton Orient who sit in 16th place, a fairly average first half of the season for the newly-promoted side after they won League Two last season.

'Desperate for a win'

Derby's opponents at the weekend will be desperate for a win as they haven't won in their past seven league games.

Richie Wellens' side have struggled to close out games in recent weeks which has caused a slight slide down the league table.

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Orient have scored more than one goal just once in their last five games which is a direct comparison to the Rams who have scored two or more goals in three of their past five league games.

Who to watch out for

Leyton Orient haven't been the most successful going forward for the past few weeks, however they do have a threat up front in the form of 23 year-old striker Ruel Sotiriou.

Ruel Sotiriou playing for Leyton Orient in a League One matchRuel Sotiriou playing for Leyton Orient in a League One match
Ruel Sotiriou playing for Leyton Orient in a League One match

In 19 games, Sotiriou has scored six goals and assisted twice and is tied on goals with Derby's Martyn Waghorn.

Orient's striker has a lot of pace and tends to play behind a striker where he can have the ball laid off to let him run in behind.

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The Rams will need to be concious of him and the likes of Eiran Cashin and Curtis Nelson will have to mark Sotiriou tightly to minimize his threat.

Tyreece John-Jules has been a danger man for the Rams since he returned from injury. The Arsenal loanee has scored in both of his games coming off the bench since he returned to the first team.

Tyreece John-Jules celebrates scoring a winning goal against Port Vale in a League One matchTyreece John-Jules celebrates scoring a winning goal against Port Vale in a League One match
Tyreece John-Jules celebrates scoring a winning goal against Port Vale in a League One match

John-Jules' ability to break free and get into one-on-one scenarios with the keeper is different to anything that Derby have had so far and so Paul Warne will be keen to get him onto the pitch on Saturday afternoon.

Predictions

Paul Warne will be expecting his side to take control on Saturday. Derby's recent form compared to Orient's has been excellent and expectations will be high from the travelling Rams fans.

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With Derby proving their goalscoring ability and Leyton Orient struggling, fans could expect to see something like a 3-1 scoreline on Saturday.

Derby will have to be careful not to underestimate their opponents however who did show that early on in the season, they are capable of snatching a big result.

Only time will tell to see if the Rams can make it five wins in a row.

How to watch Leyton Orient vs Derby County

Saturday's game will be available to international viewers with a Rams TV subscription or on a pay-per-view basis live from 2.30pm.

Viewers in the UK won't be able to watch the game due to the EFL 3pm blackout rule.

Furthemore, audio commentary will be broadcast on BBC Radio Derby from 2pm.