Derby County face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday in a game which sees the Rams come up against the Championship’s current best defence.

Boro have only conceded six league goals so far this season.

Derby, meanwhile, are the lowest scorers in the league with just five goals. On paper, it looks like a routine home win for Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough is on the cards.

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But the Rams looked sharper last time out at Bristol City while both Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior will be desperate to show their potential managerial credentials.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up on Teesside.

The back five will likely remain the same. Defensively, Derby weren’t bad at Ashton Gate while Krystian Bielik appears to still be behind on full match fitness.

The Rams, however, may look to change things up in midfield. Jason Knight could come back into the middle from the wing, replacing Duane Holmes who is struggling for form.

Wayne Rooney and Max Bird are expected to feature as the holding two.

Exciting winger Kamil Jozwiak missed the 1-0 defeat against Bristol City on Saturday after featuring on three occasions for Poland on international duty the week before.

 

The £3.5 million summer signing has shown glimpses of real quality for Derby, and supporters will be desperate to see him back in a more attack-minded side.

Jozwiak could replace Tom Lawrence on the left who is also out of form.

Martyn Waghorn may be pushed out to wide right after struggling to get involved at Bristol City, leaving a spot upfront for youngster Jahmal Hector-Ingram.

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It may be a gamble, but Derby need something different in the final third as their recent forward selections just haven’t paid off with no goals scored in their last three games.

Hector-Ingram, 22, was nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Year award after netting 22 times for Derby’s U23s last season. The talent is certainly there.

Also see: Three Derby players who looked revigorated in first game post Cocu, including £4m man

Also see: Three Derby players who looked revigorated in first game post Cocu, including £4m man

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