Derby County travel to fellow strugglers Rotherham United this weekend in what could be a decisive encounter to shape the relegation battle going forward.

The Rams currently sit in 22nd position on a six-game unbeaten run.

While Derby are moving forwards under interim manager Wayne Rooney, Rotherham in contrast are slipping towards the relegation zone with goal difference keeping them out.

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The Millers have lost six of their last eight games, picking up just four points.

But Rotherham will target all three points as they set their sights on creating space between themselves and the bottom three. Here is how we believe the Rams will line up

Derby come into the game off a fine 2-0 win over Swansea City. The Rams are gaining momentum, becoming hard to beat as they record four straight clean sheets.

But Wayne Rooney may make one change with Craig Forsyth coming back in.

Lee Buchanan has been excellent this season. However, Rotherham pose a physical threat in the final third with Michael Smith and Kyle Vassell both standing over 6 feet.

 

Moreover, Millers right wingback Matt Olosunde is also 6ft 1inch. It means Rotherham can load up and be a danger in the air when crossing from their left.

Derby’s Forsyth may be the better option given his height and strength.

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The midfield trio of Jason Knight, Graeme Shinnie and Krystian Bielik will likely remain as Derby’s first-choice three going forward barring suspension or injury.

Tom Lawrence may return from an ankle injury. However, Martyn Waghorn should retain his spot as his physical presence may also be better suited at Rotherham.

Striker Colin Kazim-Richards, meanwhile, will be a key figure in both boxes.

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