Football: Weekeng guide to the premiership - Derby County v Southampton Last season: 4-0

DERBY'S MIDFIELDER Stefano Eranio returns today to ease Jim Smith's lengthy casualty list after missing five weeks with a calf injury. The Italian will be joined by goalkeeper Mart Poom and striker Deon Burton in making comebacks after last week's 5-1 thrashing at West Ham. Poom, less than fully fit with a hamstring problem, replaces Russell Hoult, who starts a three-match ban. Tony Dorigo is Smith's latest casualty, joining Igor Stimac, Vas Borbokis and Rory Delap on the sidelines.

Ken Monkou returns to strengthen Southampton's defence in place of the banned Claus Lundekvam. Matt Le Tissier is expected to recover from hamstring and calf injuries, while Latvian striker Marians Pahars is available to play after being granted permission to join up late for international duty next week. Mark Hughes has a back injury, while David Hughes faces a fitness test on a knee problem. David Hirst and John Beresford could both figure after scoring for the reserves in midweek, but goalkeeper Paul Jones and defender Richard Dryden will miss the remainder of the season with back and knee injuries.

DERBY COUNTY (from): Poom, Prior, Carbonari, Schnoor, Laursen, Powell, Eranio, Bohinen, Burton, Sturridge, Beck, Wanchope, Harper, Christie, Jackson, Bridge-Wilkinson, Murray.

SOUTHAMPTON (from): Moss, Dodd, Monkou, Benali, Colleter, Le Tissier, Marsden, D Hughes, Kachloul, Beattie, M Hughes, Ostenstad, Pahars, Hiley, Bridge, Monk, Stensgaard.

Suspensions: Derby: Hoult. Saints: Lundekvam.

Referee: A Wilkie.

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