Predicted Derby line-up to face Middlesbrough in the Championship
The Rams have been excellent post the second international break, winning back-to-back games against Sheffield United and West Brom respectively. Confidence within the Derby County camp would definitely be high after they swatted West Brom 4-1 at the Hawthorns in midweek.
Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have laid down an early marker this season and will pose Derby with a different challenge altogether.
Craig Bryson could miss the game with a calf strain, while George Evans has had a minor hip problem. Meanwhile, Joe Ledley is set for a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a hip operation.
Probable Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Scott Carson (GK)
Carson has been a stellar presence in goal for the Rams and should start the game against Middlesbrough.
Jayden Bogle (RB)
Bogle has impressed a lot with his attacking displays down the right. He is a certain starter for Saturday’s game.
Richard Keogh (CB)
Keogh has been a towering presence at the back. A leader and a good organiser of the defence, he is expected to retain his place in the starting XI.
Fikayo Tomori (CB)
Tomori has shown maturity to cope with the pressure of the division and should start alongside Keogh in central defence.
Scott Malone (LB)
Put in an excellent performance in the midweek victory over West Brom. He is expected to start ahead of Forsyth at left-back.
Tom Huddlestone (CDM)
Huddlestone’s experience would be needed in the middle of the park against Boro. He is a good passer and is adept at breaking the opposition’s play.
Mason Mount (LCM)
Mount has been impressive in a Derby shirt since joining the club. He has nailed down a regular place in the line-up.
Harry Wilson (RCM)
Derby’s in-form player at the moment, Wilson is an intelligent player who knows to pick up important spaces behind the defenders. He is a certain starter for Saturday’s game.
Mason Bennett (RW)
On the right, it could be Bennett ahead of Waghorn. Bennett is an industrious player known for his explosive pace and directness.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
He is slowly starting to get into the groove once again. A goal in the midweek would have given Lawrence a lot of confidence.
Jack Marriott (ST)
Marriott is finally starting to find his stride in the Championship. He has been amongst the goals for Derby of late, which has rewarded him with regular starts.