City come up against the Rams at the Academy Stadium on Saturday hoping to protect their unbeaten record so far this season.
A 2-0 final victory over Swansea City completed an excellent weekend's work for Mark Kennedy's Blues at Warwick University.
Francis has starred in City's excellent start to the season, featuring in a range of defensive and midfield positions.
Curtis Anderson, Joel Latibeaudiere, Phil Foden, Ian Carlo Poveda and Jadon Sancho all played crucial roles as the Young Lions beat Croatia, Greece and their German rivals to seal the trophy.
City faced Sunderland at the Academy of Light looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the U18 Premier League season.
Goals from Luke Bolton and Phil Foden see Manchester City past Manchester United at the Academy Stadium in the U18 Premier League.
The Blues are unbeaten so far but United are second in the Premier League so where will the match be decided?
Lee Carsley’s Blues are unbeaten so far this season after comprehensive victories over Everton and Liverpool and draws with West Brom and Blackburn.
City continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Rovers' Brockhall training ground.