Predicted Derby County line-up to face Aston Villa in the Championship
Derby County will lock horns with Aston Villa on Saturday as Frank Lampard aims to get all three points at Pride Park in the Championship.
The Rams are enjoying a six-game unbeaten run in the Championship and put Birmingham City to the sword last weekend. They will be looking to exploit Aston Villa’s weaknesses at the weekend and surge up the table.
Aston Villa, on the other hand, are slowly starting to deliver under new manager Dean Smith and will provide Derby County with a stern test at the weekend.
Craig Bryson and George Evans could again miss out for Derby this weekend.
Meanwhile, Marcus Olsson is back to light training after recovering from a ligament rupture he sustained in the final game of last season.
Probable Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Scott Carson (GK)
Carson has been in top form this season and will protect Derby’s goal once again at the weekend.
Jayden Bogle (RB)
Bogle is developing at a rapid rate under Lampard. He has made the right-back position his own and deserves massive praise.
Richard Keogh (CB)
Keogh has blown hot and cold this season. He is an important member of the team and is a certain starter against Aston Villa.
Curtis Davies (CB)
Now back to full fitness, Davies needs a run of games to get back to his best.
Craig Forsyth (LB)
Forsyth has done really well at left-back this season. He has been a reliable attacking outlet down the left for the Rams.
Tom Huddlestone (CDM)
Huddlestone’s presence in the Derby County team is crucial as he brings balance in the midfield.
Harry Wilson (RCM)
Given the form he is in, Wilson simply cannot be dropped out of the team. He is certainly one of the first names on the team sheet.
Duane Holmes (LCM)
Holmes made his first league start against Birmingham last weekend as he managed to give a glimpse of his quality. In an unfamiliar role, the 24-year-old put in a dazzling display and deserves to start against Aston Villa.
Martyn Waghorn (RW)
Waghorn has been decent on the right wing but he will need to up his game now that almost everyone is fit.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
Lawrence will start on the left wing against Villa. The Welshman will add creativity to Derby’s play in the final third.
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Jack Marriott (ST)
Marriott just cannot stop scoring goals at the moment, isn’t he? With any second thoughts, he starts at the weekend.